QUALIFICATIONS FOR NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) is based on a student's fulfillment of four requirements. Members of the junior and senior class who meet all four requirements and complete an application will be considered for the National Honor Society.
The four basic requirements for membership are scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Students are eligible to apply for NHS membership if they demonstrate academic achievement through their grade point average.
Junior Year Induction GPA Requirement: A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 must be earned during your last academic year.
Senior Year Induction GPA Requirement: A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 must be earned during your last academic year.
Grade point average will not be rounded to meet the minimum requirement.
According to the National Honor Society standards, the student who exercises leadership:
- is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
- demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
- exercises 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; and demonstrates reliability and dependability
- is a leader at work and in school or community activities
- is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
- is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude
The Millard North Mustang chapter of the NHS requires that each student has held a leadership position in some activity while in high school.
By Millard North Mustang standards, a leadership position requires that the student be responsible for overseeing a group of people. Leadership in organizations outside of school may count towards this requirement. Leadership activities include:
- officer of an activity or organization
- editor of a publication
- team captain, coach, or manager
- crew chief or production manager in a dramatic or musical production
- camp counselor
- diversity trainer leader
- mentorship / tutoring
The National Honor Society standards require that a student:
- volunteers and provides dependable and well-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
- participates in some activity outside of school: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth groups affiliated with religious institutions, volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged
- mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
- shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.
The Mustang chapter of the NHS requires members to participate in a variety of Millard North activities but also to serve the greater community outside of the school.
Each eligible student will be evaluated by the faculty and administration according to the National Honor Society standards for good character, which state 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
- shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; observes instructions and rules
- exhibits concentration 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
Character will automatically be questioned by events leading to suspension from school, consistent lateness, cheating, or other offenses brought forth by a member of the faculty or administration. If someone deems a student's character not sufficient, that opinion will be discussed with the student's current teachers and counselor, and the relevant information will be forwarded to the Faculty Council for consideration.
APPLICATION AND MEMBERSHIP
Eligible juniors and seniors receive invitations to attend an informational meeting each September. They are responsible for completing an application and documenting their service/activity hours.
The Faculty Council will evaluate the requirements of scholarship, leadership, service, and character for each eligible candidate. The final selection of Honor Society members is determined through a blind, quad scored evaluation of the application submitted to the sponsors. Sponsors do not score student information, nor do they have any say other than the cut-off score required for selection. The scores cut-off varies from year to year and is determined through the average of total scores amongst all applicants. Any applicant five points or higher than the average is inducted, any applicant that is within 4 points of the average is reviewed individually by the faculty council and a vote is taken as to whether the applicant is inducted. About one-third of all applicants are inducted. Any Senior application that is five points or below the average is rejected but may appeal. For example, if the average score is 55 any application that scored 60 or above would be inducted, scores of 59-51 would be individually reviewed, and any score of 50 or below would be declined for this school year.
All National Honor Society members are expected to maintain membership requirements of the National Honor Society, including GPA, and to take part in National Honor Society service projects. The Faculty Council may dismiss any member failing to fulfill these obligations. Dismissal will result in the removal of the NHS designation from school records and, depending on the severity of the infraction, possible notification of colleges to which a student applied.