National Achiever’s Society (NAS) sponsored by the National Urban League was established in March 1997, to encourage students to excel both academically and culturally. The Society focuses on the importance of higher education and group accomplishments; NAS has enjoyed success in helping students develop a sense of achievement and pride that has turned learners into leaders.
Students inducted into the National Achievers Society are required to fulfill specific academic, social and participatory expectations. Parents are also expected to contribute to the experience for their student and the others in the Society. These expectations are to help students maintain their standard of distinction and to prepare them to take an active role in their communities.
The grades earned by Achievers must be a sign of their excellence. Achievers must:
Maintain an average grade of B‟ or a 3.0 GPA in both the academic and behavioral aspects of their school records.
This will be verified by student transcripts submitted each semester.
Attend the monthly meetings and a supplemental activity each semester.
Attend all voluntary activities organized by the society.
Parents must be active members of the Urban League chapter of National Achievers Society.
The National Achievers Society “logo” is true to the African tradition in that it contains symbolism, stylization and design. The logo is styled to reflect symbols that embody African art form and substance.
The “Logo” contains symbolism, stylization and design. The logo is styled in a way as to reflect symbols, which are the embodiment of the African form and substance.
The pyramid symbolizes achievement, the pinnacle, with everything leading to the top, the best. The pyramids of Egypt also represent the historical foundation from which we emerge as people.
The breaking of chains of slavery has a physical and a psychological meaning. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 merely provided the opportunity for freedom, however, many never attained freedoms, because of being enslaved in their mind. A liberating educational process unlocks the enormous potential of intellect.
The black silhouette of a human being symbolizes the unbroken chain of Africans to African-Americans who provided the base upon which potential strong people rest.
A hand reaching the stars in the apex of the logo exemplifies the following quote: “It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.”—Dr. Benjamin Mays
The atomic symbol represents technology and the future. Members of the National Achievers Society will carry forth the best the community has to offer in terms of a contribution to the betterment of the human race.
The book in the lower right hand corner symbolizes learning as a liberating experience. Education has represented the most routes for upward mobility for minorities. The equation E + Q = EQ means that equality plus quality equal opportunity and excellence for all.
Members of the National Achievers Society are expected to live up to the multiple meanings contained in the logo.
I am excellent. I am excellent. I am excellent. My mind is a pearl. I can do anything. Anything that my mind can conceive, I can achieve. Anything that my mind can conceive and my heart can believe, I can achieve. I am excellent. I am excellent. I am a National Achiever! I am excellent.