Focus Groups

Each Focus Group in National Honor Society devotes their time to a different aspect of community service. They include Environmental, Youth Outreach, Student Body, International Awareness, Event Coordination, Academics, Community Cultural, Athletics, Fine Arts, and Collection.

Environmental Focus Group

Christian Shushok

(540) 998-3322christianshushok@mcps.org

The Environmental Focus Group strives to clean up Blacksburg. From monthly meetings to clean up Stroubles Creek to picking up trash along the Huckleberry Trail, the Environmental Focus Group will conduct service opportunities that give back to our community.

Youth Outreach Focus Group

Haley Freeborn

(540) 797-6398haleyfreeborn@mcps.org

The Youth Outreach Focus Group is focused on involvement of community middle and elementary schools with NHS. Future service projects could include tutoring the middle schoolers, mentorship programs, volunteering at seasonal festivals, etc.

Student Body Focus Group

Dena S. Maroof

(540) 200-9588denasaghaimaroof@mcps.org

The Student Body/New Student Focus Group will be partially focused on welcoming non-freshman new students and exchange students to Blacksburg High School. Committee members will give tours to new students and answer their questions. Members will also check in with the new students in the first few school weeks to ask if they need any help or have questions. Overall, the committee will ensure that new students feel more comfortable about starting at Blacksburg. This committee will also organize and assist with projects involving the student body as a whole in addition to helping fundraise and volunteer for other student run activities.

Event Coordination Focus Group

Jennifer Arogo

(540) 750-6569jenniferarogo@mcps.org

The Event Coordination focus group will work closely with the officer team on planning and organizing all of NHS’ large fundraising events during the year. Some examples of events we will help with are Bruin Fest and the Rummage Sale.

International Awareness Focus Group

Gemma Brizzolara

(857) 880-0905gemmabrizzolara@mcps.org

The International Awareness Focus Group works towards making Blacksburg High School more culturally aware and welcoming, and further helps our staff and associated students with any necessary type of volunteering. Working closely with teachers and students, projects require weekly commitment, and encompass a variety of different services, such as helping ESL students with classwork, and organizing in-school events or fairs.

Academic Focus Group

Mehmet Dilek

(540) 750-1641mehmetdilek@mcps.org

The main goal of the Academics focus group is improve the NHS tutoring service. We effectively organize the service and promote it better. Furthermore, we collaborate with teachers in order to reach and help more students. Another goal is to volunteer at different education related events. Lastly, we plan on creating an SAT prep tutoring service, which will be held 1-2 times a month and will go over certain aspects of the test.

Athletics Focus Group

Tate Pospichal

(540) 739-5081tatepospischal@mcps.org

The Athletics Focus Group focuses on athletic events that need volunteer help. Some examples are tournaments, track meets, and concession stands.

Community Cultural Focus Group

Vishvesha Sridhar

(208) 703-0156vishveshasridhar@mcps.org

The Cultural Focus Group will work on extending NHS volunteering into different cultural organizations in our local community. Students will help volunteer at student run organizations at Tech and international schools. The goal of this group is to step out of our comfort zone and gain new experiences to spread cultural awareness.

Collection Focus Group

Nola Scott

(540) 385-9207nolascott@mcps.org

The Collection Focus Group will focus its service work on different food drives and collection of goods throughout the year. Some of the main activities we will be taking part in are Micah's Backpack, toiletries collection, organizing Thanksgiving Baskets, etc.

Fine Arts Focus Group

Sophie Aronson

(540) 808-9129sophiaaronson@mcps.org

The Fine Arts Focus Group brings together members in Tri-M Music National Honors Society, International Thespian Society, and National Art Honors Society. We help prepare for concerts, plays, and art shows by making posters and setting up. We also host events for elementary and middle school students where they can be mentored in drawing, acting, and playing musical instruments.