NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
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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. Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools" (NHS Constitution). These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
The following process determines eligibility for NHS:
A. Rising Juniors (Sophomores in the Spring semester) or current Seniors who have a cumulative scholastic average of 4.5
GPA or better on a 5.0 scale will be invited to complete a Student Activity Information Packet for consideration.
B. A student must have been in attendance at DHS for a semester.
C. Students receive the Student Activity Information Packet and return it to the Adviser completed by the due date.
D. These names are given to the grade level principal and faculty for screening, and they review the disciplinary records of each student.
E. The Faculty Council, made up of five teachers from various subject areas, reviews all the information gathered and has the the final say on all aspects of membership. Two 'no' votes by Faculty members can deny an applicant from admission to the NHS.
F. The selection for NHS is based on four characteristics: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.
Those students who meet the scholastic criterion of 4.25 G.P.A. are invited to complete a Student Activity Information packet that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate's leadership and service. A history of leadership experience and participation in school and community service is needed.
To evaluate a candidate's character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input: first, school disciplinary records are reviewed; second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate's service activities, character, and leadership. These forms and the Student Activity Information Forms are carefully reviewed at the same time by the Faculty Council to determine membership. Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.
Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at school to recognize all the newly-selected members. Once inducted, members are required to maintain the same level of performance in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes monthly attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year and participation in the Chapter service projects.
Community Service Requirements
Personal or Group Service Project (10 hours minimum) due on the last scheduled meeting of the Spring term in May.
20 Regular Service Hours that must be completed also by the same date.
Co-Adviser: Heather Lentz email@example.com