Famous NHS Members

NHS and NJHS members have achieved success in all walks of life. Below are just a handful of the many well-known entertainers, politicians, athletes, and other respected figures who got their start in our honor society programs.

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Agrast, Mark Rhodes Scholar Charles F. Brush High School OH
Aiken, George Senator Bellows Falls Union High School VT
Alderman, Ellen Author (In Our Defense) New Providence High School NJ
Alexander, Lamar Secretary of Education; Senator/Governor – Tennessee Maryville High School TN
Allen, Joseph Astronaut Crawfordsville High School IN
Andrews, Tom U. S. House of Representatives Oliver Ames HS ME
Apley, Todd Microsoft Hebron Public Schools NE
Atwater, Steve Athlete (Denver Broncos) Lutheran High School North MO
Ballard, Jeff Athlete (Pro Basketball) Billings West High School MT
Barefield, Ernest Administrative Asst. to Mayor of Chicago Hirsch Metro High School of Communication IL
Barton, Steve Opera Singer Nederland High School TX
Bastian, Bruce Inventor of Word Perfect Twin Falls High School ID
Bell, Earl Pole Vaulter (US Record Holder) Jonesboro High School AR
Belote, Melissa Swimmer/Olympic Gold Medalist Robert E. Lee High School NE
Benes, Andy Athlete (San Diego Padres) Central High School IN
Berry, Jennifer Miss America (2005) Jenks HS OK
Besterman, Doug Three-Time Tony Award Winner Ramapo HS NY
Betaire, Beverly President/Owner (PR Advertising) Dominican High School MI
Bettani, Marianne Detroit Circuit Court Tuscola High School IL
Bettis, Jerome Athlete (Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL) McKenzie HS (?) MI
Bilheimer, Dr. David Professor of Internal Medicine/Transplant Surgeon Catasauqua High School PA
Bingamon, Jeff Senator – New Mexico Silver High School NM
Bize Boutte, Sheryl J. Author Castlemont High School CA
Blarent, Ray Author/Comedian Decatur High School GA
Block, John Former Secretary of Agriculture Knoxville High School IL
Block, Richard National Labor Mediator Livingston High School NJ
Bobko, Karol Astronaut Brooklyn Tech. NY
Bodett, Tom Writer (TV Advertising)/Voice (Motel 6) Sturgis High School MI
Bolden, Charles Astronaut C. A. Johnson High School SC
Bradley, Bill Senator – New Jersey Crystal City High School MO
Bradley, David Author Bedford High School PA
Bradshaw, Jack O. Commander of War Strategies North Side High School IN
Brown, Donnell Thomas President (FFA Org.) Throckmorton High School TX
Brown, Joanne Senator (Guam) Notre Dame HS GU
Buckner, Quinn Pro Basketball player-Milwaukee Bucks Thornridge High School IL
Buterbaugh, Keith Actor/Singer Meyersdale High School PA
Cameron, Peter Novelist/Writer (The New Yorker) Pequannock Township HS NJ
Castori, Joseph International Artist South River High School NJ
Castro, Raul Former Ambassador (Bolivia and Argentina) Douglas High School AZ
Cavett, Dick TV Host Lincoln HS NE
Cenker, Robert Astronaut Uniontown Area High School PA
Cerullo, Dr. Leonard Brain Surgeon Hazleton High School PA
Chiles, Lawton Senator/Governor of Florida Lakeland High School FL
Chiney, Michael CNN World News Reporter Northampton High School MA
Clark, Will Athlete (Baltimore Orioles) Jesuit High School LA
Cletcher, Dr. John President (Association of Orthopedic Surgeons) Tuscola High School IL
Clifton, Kyle Athlete (Pro Football) Bridgeport High School TX
Corzine, Jon Senator/Governor – New Jersey Taylorsville High School NJ
Crisostomo, Manny Photojournalist (Pulitzer Prize Winner) Fr. Duenas Memorial High School GU
Crow, Sheryl Musician Kennett HS MO
Daniels, Desiree First Runner-up for Miss America 1981 Central High School TN
Davis, Brad Athlete (Pro Basketball) Monaca High School PA
Davis, Linda C/W Singer Carthage High School TX
Delaney, Kevin Commander (Naval Air Force) Wolcott High School CT
Depriest, Darryl General Counsel to American Bar Association Rushville High School IN
Dillon, Karen TV Anchor Channel 13 Pike High School IN
Dobbs, Lou CNN Financial Reporter Minidoka High School ID
Dobie, Paul Actor (Miss Saigon) Union High School MI
Downey, Tom House of Representatives -New York West Islip High School NY
Downing, Michael Author (A Narrow Time) St. Joseph Central HS MA
Dray, Robert Neurosurgeon Oliver Ames High School ME
Duffey, Brian Astronaut Rockland High School MA
Dukiet, Robert Basketball Coach (Marquette/Princeton) Livingston High School NJ
Durenburger, David Senator – Minnesota St. John’s Prep. MN
Eblen, Kevin President (Future Farmers of America) Creston High School IA
Everett, Jim Former Pro Football player-LA Rams El Dorado High School NY
Feingold, Russ Senator – WI Craig HS WI
Fitzgerald-Brown, Benita U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Winner-1984 Gar-Field High School VA
Fitzsimmons, Holly Federal Judge (1967) Naugatuck HS CT
Flanigan, Jim Athlete (Pro Football) Southern Door HS WI
Ford, Gerald R US President (1974 – 1976) Grand Rapids South HS MI
Fortuna, Maria Opera Singer Niagra Falls High School NY
Francis, Connie
(Connie Franconero)
Actress Belleville High School (’55) NJ
Fuller, Jack Pulitzer Prize Winner/Executive Editor (Chicago Tribune) Homewood- Flossmoor High School IL
Fulton, Wendy TV Actress (Knotts Landing) Kennard Dale High School PA
Gabriel, Charles A. Air Force Chief of Staff Lincolnton High School NC
Gallego, Pete State Representative – Texas Alpine High School TX
Gangemi, Joseph Author Concord High School DE
Gardner, Randall House of Representatives – Ohio Eastwood High School OH
Gayle, Crystal C/W Entertainer Wabash HS IN
Geib, Phillip Admiral of the United States Navy Manheim Central High School PA
Geren, Pete U.S. House of Representatives – Texas Arlington Heights High School TX
Gilbert, Gale Athlete (Buffalo Bills) Red Bluff Union High School CA
Glenn, Mike Athlete (Pro Basketball) Coosa High School GA
Goldberger, Paul Editor (New York Times) Nutley High School NJ
Gonzalez, Felix Mayor of Cozumel (1986) Riverside Military Academy GA
Gray, William H. President (United Negro College Fund) Simon Gratz High School PA
Green, Edith Senator – Oregon North Salem HS OR
Grogan, Steve Athlete (Pro Football) Ottawa High School KS
Gross, Michael Actor (Family Ties) Kelvyn Park HS IL
Hagsett, Joseph State Secretary of State – Indiana Rushville High School IN
Halsell, James Astronaut West Monroe High School LA
Halvorson, George CEO (Permanente Health Care) Menahga Public School MN
Hardwick, Marjorie Ballerina Woodrow Wilson HS TX
Harold, Erika Miss America 2003 Urbana HS IL
Harper, Hill Actor Bella Vista HS CA
Hartings, Jeff Athlete (Pittsburgh Steelers) St. Henry HS OH
Hastings, William C. Chief Justice of the Nebraska State Supreme Court Newman Grove High School NE
Hatfield, Mark Senator – Oregon North Salem HS OR
Helton, Todd Athlete (Colorado Rockies) Central HS TN
Henner, Marilu Actress (Evening Shade) Madonna High School IL
Henson, Jim
(James Maury)
Creator of the Muppets Northwestern Senior HS (1954) MD
Hess, Ralph Pennsylvania State Senator Kennard Dale High School PA
Hinojosa, Ruben Congressman (D-TX) Mercedes High School TX
Hoage, Terry Pro Football Player Huntsville High School TX
Hobbs, Will Author Central Catholic Marianist HS TX
Howeld, Nathaniel U.S. Ambassador- Kuwait Churchland High School VA
Hoying, Bob Athlete (Oakland Raiders) St. Henry HS OH
Huber, Vicki Olympian (1988) Concord High School DE
Hughes, Dr. Anne Reading Specialist (Harcourt Brace) Dominican High School MI
Hughes, Tanya NCAA High Jump Champion (1991) Great Mills High School MD
Iacocca, Lee President (Chrysler Corp) Allentown High School PA
Jackson, Henry
(Scoop)
Senator – Washington Everett High School WA
Jarvis, Donald Scholar (Ranked in Top 1% of US) St. James Catholic School FL
Johnson, Lowell Nebraska State Senator North Bend Central HS NE
Jones, Darrell Basketball player/NBA Lanier High School MS
Kanfer, Alan Editor (Time Magazine) Cleveland High School NY
Katz, Douglas Admiral of the US Navy Bluefield High School WV
Keith, Leroy President (Morehouse College) Howard School of Academics , Technology TN
King, Lilly Olympic Gold Medalist (Swimming, 2016) F. J. Reitz High School IN
Kingswriter, Doug Athlete (Minnesota Vikings) Richfield High School MN
Kinnick, Nil Heismann Winner 1939 Benson HS NE
Kipper, Bob Pro Baseball Player/ Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Aurora Central Catholic High School IL
Knoff, Kurt Athlete (Minnesota Vikings) East Grand Forks Senior High School MN
Kol, Claudia Lambert Disney Teacher of the Year Shady Spring High School WV
Koritz, Major Tom Flight Surgeon (Killed in Desert Storm) Rochelle Township High School IL
Kosar, Bernie Athlete (Cleveland Browns) Boardman High School OH
Kowalcyzk, Ed Musician (Live) William Penn SHS PA
Kur, Bob TV Journalist Nutley High School NJ
Kury, Franklin J. Representative and State Senator – Pennsylvania Shikellamy High School PA
Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1998 Bishop England HS SC
Lane, Garcia Athlete (Football) South High School OH
Lawson, Melanie TV Anchor (Channel 13) Quali Valley Junior High TX
Laxalt, Paul Senator – Nevada Carson City High School NV
Lee, Rex President (Brigham Young University) St. Johns High School AZ
Lehman, John Secretary of Navy La Salle College High School PA
Leora, John Coach (Chicago Bears) Northeast High School KS
Lewis, Kathy Journalist (Washington Post) Webb City HS MO
Long, Jill House of Representatives – Indiana Columbia City High School IN
Lucas, Jerry Athlete (LA Lakers) Middletown High School OH
Lucid, Shannon Wells Astronaut Bethany High School OK
Lumb, Dr. Ethel Sue Former Professor- Vassar (Chapter Pres-1935). Western High School MO
Lynds, Gayle Mystery Author Abraham Lincoln HS IA
Mangione, Chuck Flugelhorn Player (wrote Olympics theme song) Franklin High School NY
Martin, Kevin FCC Commissioner Charlotte Catholic School NC
Martin, William Author (Cape Cod) Catholic Memorial HS MA
Mattsey, Jeffrey Opera Singer (Toured with Pavarotti) Lincoln-Way High School IL
Maxwell, Dalton General Manager-St. Louis Cardinals Granite City High School IL
McBroom, Amanda Singer, songwriter, and actress Mercedes High School TX
McCaffrey, Ed Athlete (Denver Broncos) Allentown Catholic High School PA
McGuire, Patricia President (Trinity College) Merion Mercy Academy PA
McKernan, John R. Governor – Maine Bangor High School ME
McMonagle, Maj. Donald Discovery Astronaut Hamady High School MI
McNeely, Anna Actress (Cats on Broadway) Tower Hill High School IL
McRoberts, Flinn Chicago Tribune reporter Twin Falls High School ID
Mehl, Lance Pro Football player Bellaire High School OH
Miller, Robert Governor-Nevada Bishop Garmon High School NV
Mills, Erie Opera Singer Granite City High School IL
Moffard, Rose Governor – Arizona Globe High School AZ
Moller, Kristi America’s Junior Miss Jonesboro High School AR
Morava, Jack Professor – John Hopkins University Mercedes High School TX
Morgan, William Former President American Architechural Assn. Fletcher High School FL
Morris, Gary Actor Richland HS TX
Morris, Sarah Actress (Felicity)/Model Hutchinson School TN
Muir, David Lead Anchor of ABC Nightly News Onondaga Central Jr/Sr High School NY
Mulkey, Kim Women’s Basketball Player/ 1984 Olympic gold medalist Exeter Turnpike Senior High School PA
Neaves, Barlow Dean (Southwestern Medical School) Spur High School TX
Neiderman, Andrew Author Fallsburg High School NY
Neill, Bill Athlete (NY Giants) Perkioman Valley HS PA
Offerdahl, John Athelte (Miami Dolphins) Fort Atkinson High School WI
Olerud, John Athlete (Toronto Blue Jays) Interlake High School WA
Oliveira, Rene State Representative Hanna High School TX
Olson, Gregg Athlete (Pro Baseball) Northwest Huskey HS NE
Olson, Lisa Journalist (Boston Globe) Shadow Mountain HS AZ
O’Neill, Paul Athlete (Pro Baseball) Brookhaven High School OH
Owen, Spike Athlete (Baseball) Cleburne High School TX
Packwood, Robert Senator – Oregon Grant High School OR
Parkening, Christopher Classical Guitarist The Buckley School CA
Partington, James Admiral (Commander Atlantic Strike Fighter Wing) Pius X High School NE
Pearson, Matt Trinity Fair Student of the Year (Time Magazine) J. F. Dulles High School TX
Penzias, Dr. Arno Nobel Prize Physicist Brooklyn Tech. NY
Philips, Roland T. Cardiologist Abington High School MA
Phillips, Tom Founding Editor (Spy Magazine) Weston High School MA
Plunkett, Maryann Broadway/TV Actress Academy of Notre Dame MA
Plunkett, Ray Scientist (Teflon) Newton High School OH
Portis, Charles Author (True Grit) Hamburg High School AZ
Pryor, Kelli Author Webb City HS MO
Rafke, Kaye Lani Rae Miss America St. Mary Catholic Central HS MI
Redd, Robert O. Author (Achievers Never Quit) Columbus South High School OH
Reddick, Louis USA Today/Parade Magazine All-American Scholar/Athlete Pennridge High School PA
Reeves, Jim C/W Singer Carthage High School TX
Reuschel, Rick Athlete (San Francisco Giants) Central High School IL
Rhine, Sam Human Geneticist/National Science Foundation Speaker of the Year Western High School IN
Rogers (Engle), Vicki Singer/Ms. Senior Pennsylvania 2013 Manheim Central Senior High School PA
Rohde, Bruce C. President/CEO (Conagra Foods) Benson HS NE
Rolfes, Zara General Motors Executive/Designer of Corvette Interior Pike High School IN
Rolland, Ian President (Lincoln Hall Life Insurance) North Side High School IN
Russell, Christine Commentator/Writer (PBS, Washington Post) Dunsmuir Joint Union High School CA
Safir, Arthur Solomon Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey Henry Snyder High School NJ
Sajak, Pat TV Game Show Host Farragut HS IL
Sarbanes, Paul U.S. Senator – Maryland Wicomico High School MD
Sawyer, Diane TV Journalist Seneca High School KY
Schmitt, Harrison Former Astronaut/U.S. Senator – New Mexico Silver High School NM
Schumacker, Martha
(De Laurentis)
Film Producer Piquia High School OH
Scott, Jerry Cartoonist (Baby Blues/Nancy) Lake Harasu High School AZ
Serling, Rod Writer/Creator (Twilight Zone) Binghamton Central HS NY
Shenk, Michael Assistant Editor (Games Magazine) Manheim Central High School PA
Shield, Martha Opera Abraham Lincoln HS IA
Schultz, Debbie Wasserman Congresswoman (South Florida) Unreported NY
Snow, Greg Physicist-Linear Acceleration Project Cheyenne East High School WY
Solomon, Birdie
(Brenda Lewis)
Star Singer (Metropolitan Opera) Shikellamy High School PA
Spade, Douglas State Representative – Michigan Camden-Frontier HS MI
Staysniak, Joe Athlete (Buffalo Bills) Midview High School OH
Stepmaski, Mark Athlete (Pro Football) Catholic Prep PA
Stiles, Jackie WNBA Rookie of the Year (2001) Claflin Jr/Sr HS KS
Stouffer, Kelly Athlete (Seattle Sea Hawks) Rushville High School NE
Stritch, Bryant ACC Basketball Rookie of the Year Brunswick High School VA
Sudduth, Jim Conductor/Composer Crosbyton HS TX
Sullivan, Mike Ambassador to Ireland/Governor – WY Douglas HS WY
Suzuki, Edward Architect St. Mary’s International School Japan
Taylor, Christine Actress Allentown Catholic HS PA
Taylor, Wilson CEO (CIGNA Corp.) Windsor Locks High School CT
Terry, Col. James USMC Attorney Joint Chiefs David Prouty High School MA
Thiele, Dr. Elizabeth Doctor (Harvard) Southside High School AR
Thorp, Dr. James Pediatrician (USN Nutrition Research) Cohocton High School NY
Toolson, Andy Athlete (Utah Jazz) Twin Falls High School ID
Travanti, Daniel J. TV Actor Mary D. Bradford HS WI
Turner, Debbye Miss America (1990) Jonesboro High School AR
Vinton, Will Creator of Claymation McMinnville High School OR
Wachtel. Andrew Translator (Gorbechev) West Orange High School NJ
Walden, Susan Actress Tate High School FL
Waleson, Heidi TV writer (Carnegie Hall’s 100th Anniv.) West Orange High School NJ
Wallace, Betty Author Gunnison High School CO
Wallace, Marcia TV Actress (Bob Newhart Show) Creston High School IA
Walz, Carl Astronaut Brush High School OH
Ward, Elizabeth Miss America (1984) Forrest E. Gardner Jr. HS AR
Warner, Kurt Athlete (Pro Football) Pineville High School WV
Weitz, Paul Astronaut Harbor Creek High School PA
Wells, Charlene Miss America (1985) Skyline High School UT
Whitson, Peggy NASA Research Biologist Mount Ayr High School IA
Wilbanks, Billy Professor of Criminal Justice/Author/Guest Expert Belton High School TX
Williams, Matt Movie and TV Producer/Writer F. J. Reitz High School IN
Winstrom, Grant Athlete (Pro Football) Webb City HS MO
Wood, David Assistant Basketball Coach/Perdue University Pike High School IN
Yellowtail, William Former Montana State Senator Lodge Grass High School MT
Zindel, Paul Playwright Port Richmond High School NY