National Honor Society
Questions should be directed to Dr. Maryjo Hecker, NHS Advisor
What is the National Honor Society?
What is NHS?
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nation-wide organization in American high schools, founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Its headquarters is in suburban Washington, D.C. There are now over 20,000 chapters. Many of the more than 6,000,000 members have distinguished themselves in all phases of American society. NHS gives recognition to high school students who are distinctive in four areas: SCHOLARSHIP, SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, and CHARACTER.
The purpose of NHS is to draw attention to the values in education (character, scholarship, leadership, service) by honoring those students who demonstrate those qualities. The organization involves itself with service-oriented projects within the school. For example, here at Central, members have ushered at graduation and at PTSA events. NHS tutored fellow Walled Lake Central students in small groups and individually. We have held fundraisers for fellow Vikings in need and the American Cancer Society. We also have held large Blood Drives for the American Red Cross, as well as establish a fund to help fellow students in need.
A minimum accumulative GPA required into NHS varies with the entering grade. Incoming seniors are invited to apply with an overall GPA of 3.5 and incoming juniors are invited to apply with an overall GPA OF 3.90. All members MUST maintain the GPA requirement according to their grade level. There is no deviation from this requirement. He or she is then evaluated by the school faculty on the basis of observable characteristics of service, leadership, and character. The compiled results of those evaluations are considered by a faculty advisory committee. Those whose ratings meet the committee's criteria are accepted for membership. However, a student may be dropped from NHS if his/her grade point average falls below the required grade level GPA. A warning letter is sent after the first low semester marking. If his/her grades for the following semester do not return to 3.5, the student will be dismissed from membership and is required to return all certificates of membership, pins, etc. The exception to this rule is seniors whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.5 in the 7th semester of high school. These students cannot receive a warning due to timing circumstances and will be removed from membership.
This is a semi-formal ceremony, for new members and their families, where all members are formally inducted into membership for the next school year. The event highlights past year(s) events and highlights the four pillars of the National Honor Society. This ceremony typically occurs after the current senior class graduates.
It is expected of members that they continue to set good examples of high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Participation in NHS activities is also expected. Relay for Life and after school tutoring are both required activities for NHS members. Only active members will be eligible to wear the silver honor cords at graduation ceremonies.
The fact that a student belongs to NHS is noted on his permanent high school record. College admissions officers see NHS membership as a label of distinction. At commencement, NHS member's names are starred on the graduation program. At Central, members wear a distinctive stole over their graduation robes.
Each year in the spring semester, qualified juniors will be evaluated in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character by the professional staff and the NHS Faculty Advisory Committee and are selected for membership in this national organization that recognizes outstanding high school achievement. The national office of NHS strongly recommends that the selection procedure be published to faculty, parents and students. Accordingly, the selection procedure is outlined below. Students who are academically eligible for consideration will be informed of this procedure in an assembly.
According to our chapter constitution, incoming seniors are invited with an overall GPA of 3.5 and incoming juniors are invited with an overall GPA of 3.90. Candidates who are selected must maintain the grade point average which was the basis of their selection, both semester and cumulative, for the remainder of their high school career.
For the purpose of selection into NHS a student must have participated in school sponsored extra-curricular activities. Therefore, a student entering Central in the ninth grade who maintains his/her requisite career grade point average through the first semester of his/her junior year must have participated in at least two (2) extra-curricular activities. A senior who entered Central in the ninth grade must have participated in at least three (3) activities. These activities include varsity sports, marching band, class office, member of recognized clubs, drama, forensics, etc. The activity must be extra-curricular in nature and represent Walled Lake Cental. Please see the extracurricular catalog for a list of qualifying activities. The coach or sponsor of the activity is asked to rate a candidate's personal qualities of citizenship, leadership and character as they represented Central in the activity on a five point scale.
These characteristics are evaluated by the faculty on a five point scale (5 = exceptional to 0 = does not exhibit characteristics of a NHS member). A student must be evaluated by at least six faculty members. When all three areas of service, leadership, and character are evaluated by the staff who worked with or taught the student, the Faculty Advisory Committee meets to average the ratings and make the final decision as to membership. The Faculty Advisory Committee has established that the student must attain above average ratings in all areas in order to be considered for membership, that is no rating average lower than a 3.0 and at least one 3.5 and one 4.0 rating. The vote of the Faculty Advisory Committee is final.