Selection Process

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 (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921.

     Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS.  NHS membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.



All procedures conform to the National NHS Guidelines.


  • Membership may be open to qualified sophomores and juniors.
  • Students interested in membership complete a vita which includes a listing of service and leadership activities, essay questions, and two letters of recommendation. 
  • Students should understand that such vitae do not guarantee selection.
  • The NHS Faculty Council evaluates potential members for leadership, service, and character. An understanding of the criteria for selection helps all involved to accepting and understanding the professional decision made by the NHS Faculty Council.
  • The faculty/staff rate each potential member in the areas of leadership, service, and character.
  • Each candidate is interviewed by three NHS members and one faculty/staff.
  • Attendance and disciplinary information on each candidate is obtained from administration.
  • All accumulated information is evaluated by the NHS Faculty Council.
  • Selection for membership is by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.
  • The decision of the Faculty Council regarding membership is made known by mail to each candidate.
  • Those who have met all of the necessary criteria to become members do not become full members until they have been properly inducted by means of a formal Induction Ceremony.




The student who exhibits scholarship maintains a minimum 3.3 cumulative Grade Point Average.





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.
  • 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: conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability.
  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities.
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.
  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.


     The student who serves:

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and will organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities.
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition 
  • Do committee and staff work without complaint.
  • Participates in some activity outside of school.
  • Mentors person 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 desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness friendliness, poise, stability).
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics.
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • Regularly show courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
  • Observes instruction and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Have powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies.
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.