The National Honor Society
Students are selected to become members of the National Honor Society during their junior or senior year of High School using criteria based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Students who wish to be members of this prestigious organization must not only receive good grades but also show a dedication to community service, strong leadership, and exemplary character. National Honor Society members organize a variety of activities in order to raise funds for their various projects which seek to benefit the school and the community.
Scholarship is characterized by a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend the necessary time to cultivate his/ her mind in the quest for knowledge. This pillar can only be achieved through diligence and effort. Scholarship means always doing the best work possible, regardless of impending reward. Members of the National Honor Society are expected to maintain a cumulative, weighted GPA of at least 3.50. Applicants will be chosen and notified by the school if they meet this basic GPA requirement.
Service is the willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition of any kind. Such a quality of selflessness is essential for all members of the Society. As a service club, the National Honor Society is highly concerned with giving its all to the school and community at large. As part of the application process, students are required to have at least 10 hours of volunteer work from throughout their high school career. After acceptance into the society, members are expected to accumulate at least 30 service hours by the next Induction Ceremony.
Leaders take the initiative to aid others in a wholesome manner throughout their daily activities. Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others. Leaders need wisdom and self-confidence to affect change in all aspects of their lives. Some examples of leadership can include, but are not limited to, leading group activities in the classroom and in the community, being an officer in a club, being a primary member of the band or choir, or being the captain of a sports team. The NHS Application requires at least 10 hours of leadership that the individual has completed during their high school career.
Character is what distinguishes one individual from another. It is the product of constant striving to make the right choices day after day. The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. During the application process, teachers are asked to review and judge whether or not a student should be admitted into the honor society. We strongly encourage applicants to review their past and mend any broken relationships with teachers. It is possible a teacher does not permit a student to be inducted on grounds of poor character.