National Honor Society
2019-2020 NHS Officers
National Honor SocietyPresident: Skylar JackmanVice President: Olivia FountainSecretary: Eesha RandhawaHistorian: Lauren Dodson
The National Association of Secondary School Principals founded the National Honor Society (NHS) in 1921. The NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools." (From the NHS Constitution) The NHS is sponsored and supervised by NASSP, which establishes the National Council and the national standards for all NHS chapters. Local chapters create their own by-laws, which are to be consistent with and comply with the national constitution.
Membership in the Massaponax High School chapter of the National Honor Society is an honor that a student receives. The chapter follows the selection procedure recommended by the National Council. A five-member faculty council is appointed annually by the principal. This council is charged with the responsibility of selecting members. All faculty and staff members at Massaponax High School have the opportunity to evaluate potential members on the basis of leadership, service, and character.
Juniors and seniors who have a 3.5 cumulative average on the 4.5 scale are considered for membership. These students receive a letter of eligibility during the fall semester of each year. They are invited to a meeting where they receive an information sheet and the selection process is discussed. Interested students are required to complete an activity form. Potential members should have been active participants in three or more organizations and must meet service, leadership and character criteria. Elected and appointed leadership positions held in school and/or community will be considered. Service activities are viewed in terms of contributions made to school, classmates, and community and should total at least 30 hours. Students who are selected for NHS membership are formally inducted in an evening ceremony at the school. Once inducted, members are expected to participate in activities sponsored by the organization.