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Rho Kappa

Staples High School is proud to hold a the charter for the Saugatuck Chapter of Rho Kappa. The first group was inducted on May 20th, 2015. The members of this group participate in a minimum of 10 service hours, which promote the social studies in our school and local community.

Faculty Advisor: Jeanne Stevens

Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Any accredited public high school or non-secondary school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Through its sponsorship of Rho Kappa, National Council for the Social Studies hopes to encourage an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.” (From NCSS,


2016 Rho Kappa Honorary Member: Dr. Peter Bayers

Dr. Bayers’ has published widely on the American West and Native American Studies in journals such as Western American Literature, American Indian Quarterly, and Studies in American Indian Literatures, as well as in his book Imperial Ascent. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Simply Smiles, a local CT based non-profit that he will tell you more about today. He typically works on the Native American reservations 35-40 days each year to help provide bright futures for Lakota children and their families. He also recently finished an oral history project as part of his work on the reservation.

2015 Rho Kappa Honorary Member :
Kenneth C. Davis

"Kenneth C. Davis is the author of Don’t Know Much About® History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Timesbestseller list, and gave rise to the Don’t Know Much About® series of books and audios, which has a combined in-print total of some 4.7-million copies....Davis, who has been dubbed “The King of Knowing” by, aims to become a subject expert in all of the areas he writes about – the Bible, Mythology, the Universe, the Civil War, for example...Kenneth C. Davis’s success aptly makes the case that Americans don’t hate history, just the dull version they slept through in class. But many of them want to know now because their kids are asking them questions they can’t answer. Davis’s approach is to refresh us on the subjects we should have learned in school. He does it by busting myths, setting the record straight and always remembering that fun is not a four-word letter word." (From Ken's wesbite