Senior Ale Ibarra is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) and recently traveled to the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. She was invited by NSHSS to be formally inducted as a member.
The NSHSS holds recognition ceremonies at numerous universities, where members are welcome to listen to presentations from organizations such as the CIA and the college itself. These speakers are there to elaborate on “the unique opportunities offered at Boulder,” said Ibarra. Other activities are held throughout the day, and at the closing ceremonies, all members receive a medal.
Ibarra mentioned that the ceremony was full of eye-opening opportunities and people who understood her rigorous course load.
“It was a very comfortable atmosphere from the beginning. All of the other members were very friendly and it was nice to meet new people that understand the daily life of a student. The ceremony made me realize that there are many more things I am capable of accomplishing,” said Ibarra.
Since the trip, Ibarra has decided the University of Colorado may be her college destination.
“We were able to have a campus tour and it was beautiful. The campus is so open and I could see myself there every day,” said Ibarra. “It’s definitely an option due to the location and all of the student activities and because everything is so local. It’s definitely a maybe.”
The NSHSS has been around since 2002 and was founded by the great-nephew of Alfred Nobel. The society is inspired by the mission of the Nobel prize to “support academic achievement and world betterment,” and are helping “today’s scholars become tomorrow’s leaders through recognition, scholarships, college fairs, internships, career connections, personal development events, leadership opportunities, and more.” (www.nshss.org) The members pay no fee to apply for scholarships and are offered countless opportunities; even after high school and college.