North Arlington High School
National Honor Society
Membership in the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a majority vote of the faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. The faculty council consists of five faculty members as chosen by the advisor.
To be eligible for membership, the candidate must be a member of either the junior or senior class and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. (Beginning in the 2008-2009 school year the required minimum GPA will be 88.8 on a 100-point scale) Candidates will then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate the above qualities.
Obligations of Membership:
With induction into the National Honor Society, a member assumes certain obligations as outlined by the local chapter. First and foremost, all members are expected to maintain the standards that were used as the basis for their selection. In addition, the members must participate in a chapter service project for the school or community each year and develop an individual service project.
All members are also expected to support fundraising projects and other activities designed to encourage scholarship, promote leadership and service, and build character. Attendance at monthly meetings, which are held to conduct chapter business and communicate with members, is expected of all chapter members.
Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection are warned in writing by the advisor and given one marking period to correct that deficiency. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not necessarily have to be warned.
The National Honor Society has meetings at least one a month and, if necessary, special meetings may be called by either the president or the chapter advisor. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory. Minutes of the meeting are recorded by the secretary. A copy of the minutes is submitted to the Assistant Principal and a copy is kept on file by the advisor.
At the first meeting in September many possible activities are discussed. The purpose of most activities is to fulfill a need within the school or community. All projects have the approval and support of the faculty and administration.
Some of the annual activities include the following:
National Honor Society Scholarship Program:
National Honor Society members who exhibit outstanding qualities in scholarship, leadership, service, and character are eligible in their senior year to be nominated to compete in the National Honor Society Scholarship Awards Program. Nominations are not based on need, nor on any one criterion. Rather the nominating committee will identify students who are outstanding in all four of the above qualities.
Each nominee completes the Scholarship Selection Questionnaire detailing the studentís participation in service organizations; clubs and athletics; employment experience; academic record; and any other notable achievements. Teacher and principal recommendations form another part of the application.
The scholarship must be used to pursue a course of study leading to a degree in an accredited college or university in the United States.
It has become a tradition to hold an annual candlelight ceremony each year, which is usually held at a local restaurant. Parents, family, friends, and faculty members are invited to attend the induction ceremony. New members and new officers are installed at this time, reports are given by the secretary and treasurer, and the evening concludes with the recitation of an honorary pledge by new members. A keynote speaker is in attendance to present a speech on a topic that emphasizes the qualities of honor society students and their impact on society. The school principal also speaks and extends congratulations to all new members.
In conclusion, it is important for parents and students to remember that membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Membership is not granted to everyone. Students selected for membership are expected to continue to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership and character.