National Honor Society
The four ideals of the Society, scholarship, leadership, service, and character, serve as the basis for a student's selection as a member of the NHS; no one is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The Society recognizes the total student, one who excels in all areas.
The Strake Jesuit chapter requires that a National Honor Society prospective members maintain at least a 3.35 cumulative grade point average, perform at least sixteen service hours during the present academic year, attend all NHS meetings, and demonstrate outstanding achievements in the areas of leadership, service, and character. You must also continue to demonstrate the characteristics of the Strake Jesuit "Graduate at Graduation" as stated in Community Life. Your discipline record must also reflect your outstanding behavior in school. Your conduct in and out of school must be above that of an average Strake Jesuit student. For example, you are expected to get no more than 5 PHs in any given year and those can only be for minor infractions. Additionally, if you are failing a class, you may not be invited to be a part of the NHS.
Guidelines Regarding Hours
Hours done with Jesuit faculty are usually reported directly to the moderator. Ask the faculty member to email the moderator.
Hours done at a Jesuit event are usually reported directly to moderator unless you are told to get verification of service hours. Remember to always sign in and out of the event with the adult in charge indicating if you are a member or a prospective member.
Hours done outside Strake Jesuit need to be verified by the original letter signed by the adult in charge on the organization’s letterhead. No pictures of the letter are admitted.
Hours cannot count for two different purposes. If they are being used for grade level service hours, confirmation, work grant, or key club, then they cannot be used for NHS
Hours that do not count:
- One’s own Eagle Scout Project
- Altar Serving done on Sundays or on holy days of obligation
Tutoring hours only count if the tutoring is arranged by the NHS moderator.
THE VERIFICATION FORM FROM PASTORAL MINISTRIES DOES NOT WORK FOR NHS. These hours should not be logged into x2Vol.com.
The process for joining the National Honor Society is as follows: At the beginning of the school year, sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.35 or above are notified that they are academically qualified for membership. Those interested become NHS prospective members. In January you will be asked to fill out a "Student Activity Information Form" (click here for a .pdf version of the form or click here for a Word version of the form) where you will indicate the leadership positions you have held and the volunteering activities in which you have participated in your high school years. At the end of the third quarter, the National Honor Society Faculty Council will meet and consider you for membership. The Council will take in consideration all the areas mentioned in the above paragraph as well as evaluations from all of your current teachers. They will then make a decision on whether you will be granted membership into the Society.
All NHS prospective members who are selected for induction must attend a rehearsal on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 3:00 pm in the Parsley Center for about 90 minutes. Family members are invited to join them at the Induction Ceremony on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 6:00 pm in the Parsley Center. Please make sure that you put these dates on your calendar if you want to be a part of the NHS.
To help you understand more concretely what is expected of you, we present the following definitions for your consideration. According to the Crusader Chapter of the National Honor Society a 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 the school ideals expressed in the "Graduate at Graduation" found in Community Life.
* contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
* exemplifies positive attitudes and inspires positive behavior in others.
* demonstrates academic initiative.
* successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, demonstrating reliability and dependability.
* is a forerunner in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities.
The student who demonstrates service:
* is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.
* participates in some outside activities such as church groups, Boy Scouts, and volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged.
* volunteers dependable and well-organized 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.
* does community and staff work without complaint.
* shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.
* willingly and cheerfully cooperates with teachers, administrators, and school staff.
The student of character:
* takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
* consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior such as cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, and stability to mention a few.
* 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.
* manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating, and showing an unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
We feel that the NHS members make a positive difference in the lives of their peers and in the spirit of our school community. We are looking forward to your sharing in a productive year at Strake Jesuit.