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Eight Prince George’s County residents became members of the nation’s oldest and largest high school academic excellency organization last month.

The nonprofit National Honor Society, founded in 1921, has more than 17,000 local chapters in individual schools and districts across the nation, said NHS spokesperson David Cordts.

The following students at Archbishop Carroll High School, a private high school in Washington, D.C., who live in the county were inducted into the school’s NHS chapter: Taiha Greenfield of Lanham, Nicholas Orji of Lanham, Theodore Smith of Lanham, Shannon Hunt of Temple Hills, Julian Nelson of Capitol Heights, Gretchen Ingram of District Heights, Ray Butler of Laurel, and Jonathan Beckett Jr. of Fort Washington.

Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply and are selected based on grades, leadership, service and character, Cordts said.

“We require every chapter to engage in a minimum of one service program per year. On average, chapters are doing four to five different service projects,” Cordts said, adding common projects are fundraisers for charities as well as food and clothing drives.

Cordts said the NHS recognizes more than one million high school students each year but does not keep count of the number of total members.