|Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society||Vol. 61, Prg. 21–25|
August 1–5, 2005
When she discovered that homeschoolers could not be admitted to the National Honor Society, Joanne Juren founded an honor society just for them. This week, Mike Smith talks with Juren and two Eta Sigma Alpha members about how participation can enhance your child’s high school experience.
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Joanne E. Juren, M.Ed., has over thirty years experience as an educator, with experience as both a teacher and administrator in public schools and college, and currently as a home education professional. After homeschooling her two sons, Joanne's passion for homeschooling led her to develop several businesses that offer a variety of services to homeschoolers, among them the Home Education Partnership (HEP) of Texas and the HEP Bookstore. She is also the founder and national executive director of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society.
Nicole Hanson is 17 years old, and has been homeschooled all her life. She just recently graduated from high school and thus, ended her term as president of Eta Sigma Alpha. Nicole has been a member of the honor society since she was a freshman. She was vice president during her junior year and president during her senior year. Nicole is also involved in several extracurricular activities, such as lifeguarding and swimming. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, dancing, reading, writing, watching (and then quoting) movies, playing soccer, playing the piano, singing, and playing practical jokes.
Now serving her second term as vice president of the Alpha Chapter of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, Jocelyn previously served for two years as the chapter's treasurer. By attending her local community college as a dual-credit student, she has attained 16 hours of college credit to date. Besides her schooling, one of Jocelyn's high priorities is volunteering-for both her church's media department and the local crisis pregnancy center, which presents the hope of Jesus Christ to girls facing unexpected pregnancies. This fall, Jocelyn will begin her 13th year of homeschooling. Her future plans are to attend Texas A&M University and major in Chemical Engineering. Jocelyn states, "I feel I have been well prepared for college as well as my future career by my various experiences in homeschooling, including the honor society."