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NHS girl-boy ratio 174

After weeks of anticipation, a new class of students was selected to join the AHS chapter of the National Honor Society. As expected, this year’s class features a diverse group of individuals that excel in a variety of areas such as academics, athletics, community service, and the arts. Students were chosen based on an application consisting of a resume and an essay. Although each member was selected for different reasons, there was one thing that most members had in common. 17 of the 21 people selected to NHS were female. “Obviously girls are smarter than guys,” sophomore Mary Woeste said. While Woeste may be on to something, NHS prides itself on being “more than just an honor roll,” meaning that other areas are heavily considered in the selection process. Fortunately .for young women everywhere, they stand out from their male counterparts in this category as well. Sophomore Sarah Pesch said that if her brother, senior Ryan Pesch, is any indication, boys do not believe in volunteering. If that is the case, why were any boys selected to NHS? It turns out that some boys do care about volunteering. “I really like helping people when I can,” junior Alex Olinger said. Olinger, one of the four male inductees, attributed his selection to volunteering through Special Olympics, Heartland Senior Services, and his church. Despite his devotion to helping others, Olinger could not help explain why only four boys made the cut. “Considering the proportions, it is kind of weird only four guys made it in,” he said. “Oh well. It’s equal opportunity.” Others had a better idea of why so few males made it in. “I think it’s pretty self-explanatory,” senior NHS member Melissa Brockway said. “Maybe the junior class guys are stupid,” fellow senior NHS member Chris Simonson said. With that statement all but accepted as a fact, the next question is whether the trend will hold true for next year’s juniors. According to one sophomore, the outlook is not too good. “There aren’t that many smart guys in our grade either,” Woeste said. Now that this year’s selection process is finished, Olinger and his fellow NHS members can look forward to a full year together. Olinger anticipates that the lopsided girl-to-boy ratio will create its share of awkward silences. However, this was the only bad thing he could imagine resulting from the situation. Olinger declined to go into specifics, but would not deny that there will be perks to being one of four males in the 21 member society.

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