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    Deadline to return all paperwork will be indicated on the paperword that is mailed home.
    Ms. John                      
    Ms. Hartnett
    Description:  The purpose of National Honor Society is 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. Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a commitment. Through NHS Activities, members maintain and extend the ideals and qualities of scholarship, character, service and leadership that allowed them selection in the organization.

    Selection Procedures:

    It should be noted as per the National organization guidelines (Page 27) "selection to NHS is a privilege, not a right.  Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society. Instead, they provide information to be used by the local selection committee to support their candidacy for membership. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council in each school on the condition of their having met the standards for selection established at the local level and based on the provisions of the national constitution. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance".

    Prerequisite Conditions for Selection
    • Only those students who have attended Iroquois the equivalent of one semester may be considered for membership.
    • Membership is open to juniors and seniors.
    • Academic requirements are the same for all candidates in all classes.
    • There are no specific quota or percentage of members per class.
    • Students who provide proof of NHS membership in another school are automatically inducted
    • Membership in NJHS at the Middle School does not transfer to the High School NHS Chapter.

    Criteria for Membership

    Scholarship Criterion:

    • The Faculty Council of the chapter selects students who demonstrate outstanding performance in all four criteria of NHS- scholarship, leadership, service and character. 
    • Students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 94 are eligible for consideration.
    • Letters of eligibility are mailed home surveying students to determine their interest in membership, requesting additional information regarding service and leadership activities, verification of service hours on file, and an essay. This information is returned directly to the Chapter Advisor(s).
    • The essay provides the student an opportunity to express the meaning of character and the value of the criteria in a manner that cannot be accomplished through an informational sheet. The essay can enhance the candidate's presentation of paperwork. The essay topic is sent to the candidates with the letters of eligibility, clearly stating the essay topic, and that evidence and concrete examples of each criteria, Service, Leadership, and Character must be provided in the essay to be considered for selection. 
    • Candidates commit to participating in 24 hours of an Individual Service Project (ISP), as well as school sponsored community service activities- 12 hours of ISP must be completed by the end of first semester.
    • Students not in good standing due to attendance or service concerns will be notified in writing and a copy of the letter given to the Faculty Council for review. 
    • Students will understand that such surveys and paperwork are not applications for membership and that the review of information gathered does not guarantee selection.
    • Students can complete an "opt out"/ not interested in consideration form which is signed by parent and student
    • A group meeting of all interested students that returned paperwork will be scheduled with the principal and advisor(s) to review the selection process and answer any questions the eilgible students may have. 

    Leadership Criterion:

    • The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection. It could include the number of offices a student has held in school or community organizations.
    • It is important to recognize that leadership also exists outside elected positions; athletic team captains, section leaders in band and chorus, committee chairs in  student groups, etc. The Faculty Council can develop other descriptors of leadership other than those mentioned above.

    Service Criterion:

    • Service is considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation. In considering service, the contributions a candidate has made to school, classmates, and community as well as the student's attitude toward service is reviewed. 
    • Students are asked to submit information regarding service hours, and to insure that all hours have been verified.  Only hours that have been submitted on verification forms and signed will be considered.
    • All service references by candidates should include verification by an adult supervisor of the activity.
    • An objective standard for service has been developed by the Faculty Council and is considered a fair and reasonable quantity of service based on all eligible candidates.

    Character Criterion

    • A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. 

    Selection Process:

    • Faculty input through a candidate rating sheet is utilized by the Faculty Council when making their selections.
    • The Faculty Council will review all paper work submitted by the candidates.
    • Formal written notification of all selected candidates and their parents is mailed to inform them about selection and the timing of the induction ceremony.
    • Candidates that are not selected for membership are informed of their non-selection in a method that is both timely and considerate of their well being. 

Last Modified on March 27, 2024