National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

To qualify for NHS, a student must be junior or senior and meet requirements in scholarship, character, service and leadership. Selection to NHS is a privilege bestowed upon the student not a right. If a student is caught plagiarizing or cheating, she will be removed from or ineligible for that subject area’s Honor Society. NHS members perform both in-school services, such as tutoring and ushering at school functions, and services to the larger community.


The student who qualifies academically has a minimum cumulative weighted average of 92 including exam grades. The required average cannot be attained by rounding up. A 91.9 cumulative weighted average will not meet the criteria.


The student who serves

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, and is willing to make sacrifices to offer assistance.
  • Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girls Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged
  • Does committee and staff work without complaint.
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities.
  • Enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school.
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic athletic competitions.
  • Mentors in the community or students at other schools.
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students.


The student of character:

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
  • Consistently exemplifies positive and desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability).
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics.
  • Cooperates by complying with all school policies and regulations and codes of student conduct.


The student who exercises leadership:

  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions.
  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities.
  • Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit.
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school.
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities.
  • Exemplifies positive attitudes.
  • Inspires positive behavior in others.
  • Demonstrates academic initiative.
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducting business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability.
  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities.
  • Is dependable in any responsibility accepted.

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