LINDSBORG — Haley Peterson, a senior and member of the National Honor Society at Smoky Valley High School, has been named one of 25 national finalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship program.

Peterson was chosen from more than 9,000 applicants and will receive a $4,500 scholarship.

She is the daughter of Corey and Denise Peterson of Lindsborg and the granddaughter of Joyce Shields and Dennis Shields, both of Lindsborg, Connie McCue of McPherson and Wilena (Bob) Peterson of Larned.

“Haley was a superb choice for this scholarship,” said Sydney Dippel, SVHS English teacher and NHS sponsor. “I have had the privilege of teaching her for four years and supervising her NHS work. I have witnessed such an outstanding, diligent work ethic and commitment to others and to the betterment of our world. Haley doesn’t just go through the motions of living; she passionately embraces everything that surrounds her. She is so deserving.”

High school seniors who are members in good standing of an active National Honor Society chapter are able to apply for an NHS scholarship.

National finalists are selected on the basis of their leadership skills; participation in service organizations, clubs, and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record. As a finalist, Haley is recognized as one of the top 25 NHS members in the nation this school year.

While at Smoky Valley High School, Peterson was a Kansas Honors Scholar, has been yearbook co-editor and photographer, senior class secretary, NHS treasurer, and played varsity volleyball, including being named to All-State and All-League teams.

She won a CKL League Art Festival gold medal for printmaking, and was a state champion at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Contest in yearbook copy writing. In addition, she was a Quill and Scroll Honor Society member, an FCA member, a CHUMS buddy, played basketball, and served as a softball manager, plus she assisted with school plays.

In the community, she earned the 4-H Key award as a 12-year member where she served as Smoky View Club president, district photography judging chair, foods and visual arts project leader, and fair superintendent, among other roles.

She attended the National ELCA Youth Gathering as a part of the Lutheran churches youth group, plus taught Vacation Bible School, and was a Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancer throughout high school. This fall, she plans to attend Kansas State University to study business.

About the National Honor Society Scholarship

NHS Scholarships have been awarded by NASSP since 1946, providing more than $14 million in scholarships to outstanding NHS members. This year, the program awarded $1 million in scholarships.

Only students who are members of chapters with an active affiliation with the NHS national office are eligible to participate in the NHS Scholarship program. Additional information about the program can be found at


NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and more than 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1926, NASSP’s mission is to connect and engage school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, Virginia, visit