NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

2014-2015 NHS Information Form
NHS Information Form for students who have already received an invitation letter in the mail.

The minimum grade point average required for membership in the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society is 3.65 (weighted or unweighted).  This is the first step in the process for membership in the National Honor Society.  Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society.  They provide information to be used by a selection committee to support their candidacy for membership.  The committee appointed by the Principal, selects students for membership based on a student’s demonstrated outstanding performance in all four of the following criteria:  scholarship, leadership, service and character.  While the academic criteria are important and are used to identify those students eligible for consideration, membership is NOT considered on the basis of grades alone.  Selection to the National Honor Society is a privilege, not a right.

The leadership component is extremely important for membership selection.  Leadership roles in both school and community activities are considered.  This information must be verified through a signature.  The student who exercises leadership:

  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • Exercises a positive attitude on peers in upholding school ideals
  • Exemplifies a positive attitude
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility
  • Is a leader in the classroom, in school activities or a job
  • Is consistently reliable and trustworthy

Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student that are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation.  A minimum of twenty (20) service hours is required for membership consideration.  The committee looks for students who:

  • Volunteer and provide dependable and well-organized assistance and are willing to sacrifice to offer this assistance
  • Work well with others and are willing to take on difficult or monotonous tasks
  • Volunteer without complaint
  • Mentor in the community or at school

In accordance with the National Council of the National Honor Society, “a candidate will be able to demonstrate an outstanding record of conduct and behavior with regard to school and community rules, or be able to demonstrate sufficient growth and improvement to compensate for previous inadequacies.”  A person of character demonstrates these six qualities:  respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship.  In addition, the selection committee looks for students who:

  • Demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • Cooperate by complying with school regulations
  • Uphold principles of morality and ethics
  • Accept constructive criticism and recommendations graciously
  • Regularly show courtesy, concern, and respect for others

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