*You may keep this for your records National Honor Society Information Packet - 2010 Congratulations on being considered for membership into the West Forsyth High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. While it is your grade-point average that has qualified you for candidacy, your demonstration of service, leadership, and character are also a necessary step toward achieving admission into the NHS as required by the national by-laws. Thus, you must complete and submit all parts of this application by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19th BY 12:00 p.m. (noon). LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Application Checklist I have completed all written parts of this application in blue or black ink. I have stapled all parts of the application in the following order: Cover sheet of application with student and parent signatures Completed forms, Parts I-V and hard copy of essay with application number (not name) on top of page Student essay submitted to Turn-it-in.com by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 18th Class ID: 3515034 Password: NHS2010 I am ready to submit this to Mrs. Ebert (library) or Mrs. Ellington (Rm. 1012) by Tuesday, October 19th by 12:00 p.m. (noon). Application Review Process October 1 - October 8 Applications picked up in library Monday, October 18 Essay uploaded to turnitin.com by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, October 19 Completed applications are due by 12 noon Interim Confidential Faculty Committee Review October 25 - November 1 Notification of new members Tuesday, December 7 Induction Ceremony (PAC 7:00 PM) *You may keep this for your records NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SELECTION CRITERIA The NHS Council establishes the national standards for all NHS chapters. Local chapters create their own by-laws which are to be consistent with and comply with the NHS National Constitution. Membership in the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. The NHS has worked to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers and the community. The guidelines for membership are based upon a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character. The 4 criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built. Prerequisite Conditions for Selection 1. Any student in the school with both an official charter of the NHS and an affiliation with the NASSP Department of Student Activities is eligible for consideration for membership in the NHS. All membership selection is handled through the local school chapter. 2. Membership is restricted to current juniors and seniors; there will be no quota or percentage of members per class. 3. Students need to have a cumulative unweighted grade point average of 3.2 to be considered. Criteria for Selection 1. Unweighted GPA of 3.2 or higher to be considered 2. Evaluation of candidate’s performance in the areas of: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service All eligible candidates will be given the opportunity to apply for membership, but eligibility does not guarantee acceptance. It is your responsibility to be aware of the deadlines that are posted in this application packet. Students who do not turn in their application packets by the deadline will not be eligible to join NHS for the current year. Juniors who do not meet the requirements are eligible to apply again next year as long as they maintain a cumulative unweighted grade point average of 3.2. Scoring of the Application The selection criteria for NHS will be based on a point system that evaluates the applicant’s performance according to the 4 criteria: scholarship, character, leadership and service. The faculty committee will examine the applications. Committee members will individually score them using a point system where each activity earns a point. The complete, uploaded well-constructed essay has the potential to earn 2 points and is a required part of the application. Students who do not submit an essay will not be considered for membership this year. Juniors must earn 20 points and seniors must earn 24 points to qualify for membership. *You may keep this for your records Scholarship: Students who have an unweighted cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher, set by the local school’s faculty council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character (NHS Constitution, Article IX, section 2). Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit. Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and person’s who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activity while working with or for others. A leadership position is required by the national guidelines. Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern and respect for others and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. Work experience is also considered indicative of good character. Faculty Committee The NHS Faculty Council consists of 5 members who are appointed by the Principal each year. The process is as follows: 1. They review the selection procedure for NHS. 2. They review and evaluate the Student Activity form and the student essay. 3. They review all of the above along with the student’s disciplinary record and make the final selections. * The NHS advisors are not committee members. The role of the advisors is to maintain the organization and manage the members with the assistance of the NHS student officers.
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