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Merlin Shelton Chapter 
of the
National Honor Society


Princeton National Honor Society History and Highlights

          English teacher Mrs. Ruth Walker first organized the National Honor Society of Princeton High School in May of 1965. The organization is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary Principals and our club was given the name of Merlin Shelton Chapter in honor of the principal who helped with the original organization.

          Mrs. Walker served as our sponsor until the fall of 1975, when Mrs. Hellen Crawford became sponsor. She was joined in the fall of 1981 by Mrs. Judith Travis. Mrs. Crawford served as sponsor until her retirement in 1990, when Mr. George Scurlock became sponsor with Mrs. Travis. After the retirement of Mrs. Travis in 1998, Mrs. Alyson Goodridge became sponsor for that same year until she moved. In 1999, Mrs. Elizabeth Boxley became a sponsor with Mr. Scurlock until he became principal in 2000. Mrs. Linda Cowling was appointed as the second advisor that same year. Mrs. Boxley retired in 2020, and Mrs. Heather Hall was named the new chapter advisor.

          All Homecoming activities are planned and sponsored by the National Honor Society. This includes organizing the parades, conduction the election and coronation of Homecoming royalty, and all the dance preparations.


The Princeton National Honor Society is responsible for hosting, planning and coordinating all Homecoming activities each school year. This includes, but is not limited to, choosing the Homecoming theme and dress up days, planning the Homecoming Olymics, parade, pep rally, coronation, bonfire, and the school dance.


Chapter Bylaws

The Chapter Bylaws are designed to clarify operating procedures of the chapter. Click below to view our bylaws.

You can contact Adviser Heather Hall with any questions. 

Selection Procedures

The Selection Procedures explain the criteria used by the Faculty Council to determine whether a candidate will be admitted to the chapter.

Click above to view our chapter selection procedures.

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 “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

 —William Shakespeare 

Individual Service Project

Individual members of the National Honor Society have the responsibility to choose an individual service project (ISP) in line with their particular talents and interests. This approach emphasizes the need for cooperative effort in service to the community while providing an opportunity for individuals to discover and develop their unique contributions.

Chapter Service Projects

Every December the NHS Chapter hosts a food drive for the local food pantry. We are very proud to say that in December 2020, just over 2,000 items were donated by students and staff!

During the 2021 Homecoming Week, students in grades PK-12 participated in a "Loose Change Jar Challenge." All of the proceeds from this challenge were again donated to the Mercer County Food Pantry. We were blown away with the amount of change brought in, and we were able to donate $1,700 to the food pantry!

Community Blood Drive

Wednesday, August 9th from 2-6 pm in the Stacy Center Gym

Community Blood Drive

Monday, October 16th from 2-6 pm in the
Stacy Center Gym

Canned Food Drive

December 1st-15th:  Students & Staff will collect donations for the local food pantry.

Community Blood Drive

Wednesday, January 10th from 2-6 pm in the
Stacy Center Gym

Community Blood Drive

Wednesday, March 20th from 2-6 pm in the
Stacy Center Gym

Other Planned Chapter Service Projects

Our organization is, first and foremost, a service organization. We recognize the need to give back in our community and state, and we pledge to make a conscious effort to do just that. 

To the left you will find a list of our chapter's planned service activities for the 2022-23 school year. We hope you can plan to attend these events to help us reach our goals and make a positive impact in our community.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” 

—Winston Churchill

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

–Oscar Wilde

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