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NHS logoWhile National Honor Society functions like a club…it is not!  Membership is accorded as an honor to students who have shown outstanding achievement in the areas of:  scholarship, character, leadership, and service.  There are minimum requirements to be considered for induction.  However, there is no such thing as minimum requirements to be inducted into National Honor Society.  The committee looks to induct worthy students who demonstrate excellence in all four pillars mentioned above.  One who strives for minimum requirements or excels in fewer than four of these areas would not fit this mold.

The information that follows represents the most recent standards and timetables. 

The process of selecting new member is three-fold and involves all four pillars:

1.) Students who have met the standards for scholarship (A minimum GPA of 3.5) are invited to apply for membership through a letter sent home and one delivered to their classroom personally, which involves submitting documentation of service hours and filling out an application.  There will be a date documented in the mailing that serves as the hard deadline for submitting the required materials.  Qualifying juniors will apply during the spring semester of their junior year while qualifying seniors apply in the fall of their senior year.

2.)  Once the deadline has passed, applicants who have submitted all required materials will be evaluated by the staff of Lafollette high school.  Along with scholarship, these evaluations will be based on the character and leadership demonstrated by the student.

 

Character Guidelines:

  • Displays the qualities of cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, and stability.
  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
  • Demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability.
  • Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
  • Shows perseverance in applying himself or herself to studies.
  • Follows instructions and rules, is punctual, and shows faithfulness in obligations both in and out of the classroom.

Leadership Guidelines:

  • Exercises a positive influence on peers.
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school.
  • Exemplifies positive qualities.
  • Inspires positive behavior in others.
  • Demonstrates academic initiative.
  • Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school activities.
  • Demonstrates dependability in any role he or she accepts.

3.)  Service cards submitted during the application process are evaluated.  Service is generally considered to be actions taken without compensation to benefit those with a genuine need.  The committee looks for service to the school and community that is selfless and does not indirectly or directly benefit the student doing the activity.  Raising money for an activity that benefits the student, a sports team for instance, does not fit the description for service.  We are most interested in seeing service to the school and community that is selfless and comes from the heart.

4.)  Completed applications will be evaluated.  Service descriptions will be considered as well as applicants writing on why they would like to become a National Honor Society members and special circumstances the students has faced that applicants would like the committee to consider.

Service Guidelines

To be considered for National Honor Society, a student should present:

  • At least 30 hours of service which reflect at least 15 hours towards the school and at least 15 hours which benefit the community.
  • Service hours which are distributed across the students’ high school career.
  • Service must be documented on service cards (available in Guidance) which must be filled out by the student and signed (legibly) by the advisor of each club or activity in which the student participates.
  • Cards may not be signed by parents.
  • The committee considers the number of different activities in which the student participates as well as the quality of the service completed.
  • Examples of school service:  Tutoring, food drives, blood drives, Key Club activities, Student Athletic Advisory Council, Student Council, school clean-up, work on beautifying the grounds.
  • Examples of service to the community:  Working at the Salvation Army, bell ringing, food pantries, soup kitchens, Ronald McDonald house food preparation, volunteering at nursing homes and area hospitals, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots.

 

Membership:

 

To clarify, there is no such thing as minimum requirements to be chosen for induction to National Honor Society.  The ultimate decision on induction lies in the hands of the committee.  Those chosen for induction into National Honor Society are notified and the installation of new members takes place in the spring.  Members are expected to attend biweekly meetings and continue to provide service to the school and community.  They must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and sign a code of conduct.  Failure to live up to these standards could result in their dismissal.  Members automatically belong to the national organization.  Members are listed in the graduation program and wear gold honor cords on their graduation robes.

 

Contact Person:  Ted Ryan

                        tryan@madison.k12.wi.us