ATTENTION: NHS Invitation Process Changes
National Honor Society
Each year questions come up about NHS eligibility and selection.
National Honor Society membership is based not only on academics,
but also on outstanding performance in the areas of service, scholarship
and character. This coming school year, in an effort to promote academic
excellence, juniors and seniors that have an unweighted, cumulative
average of 92 or better will be invited to apply for membership.
The next step in the selection process will be for academically eligible
students to complete a student Activity Information Packet. In these
packets, students need to provide evidence of meeting the criteria for
service, character and leadership. Examples of each quality as noted in
the National Honor Society Handbook are as follows: Leadership involves
not only holding elected office but also inspiring positive behaviors,
exhibiting dependability, responsibility, etc. Character includes
attributes such as accepting criticism willingly, complying with school
regulations and demonstrating honesty and reliability. Service is
demonstrated by activities that benefit others while providing no direct
financial or material compensation to the student.
All high school teachers will be asked for their recommendations regarding
those students that have been identified as being academically eligible. A
five-member faculty selection committee, appointed by the principal, will
meet to review the activity forms and teacher recommendations. Selection
to NHS is based on a majority vote of this committee. Those selected are
invited to be inducted during a formal fall ceremony. This summer, in
preparation for completion of the activity packets (and for use on college
applications), academically eligible students should start to gather
information about their activities in school, community organizations,
sports, church and jobs or consider ways they can become involved.