The National Honor Society (NHS) is an American organization that unites young leaders of high schools in all 50 states, in several territories under the US jurisdiction, as well as in Canada. The National Honor Society has certain requirements for high school students to possess the basic social values, such as success in studying, leadership, selfless services, and moral virtues, so that they can gain recognition, take part in volunteer and scholarship activities at the school, and so on. To join this prestigious organization, it is better to know more about its requirements in advance.
The average score of your certificate is important. In order to become a member of this organization, you must have a maximum score that you are capable of. The minimum score is 3.0 or medium pass B, but the standards of local schools may be overestimated, which will affect a more competitive basis. First-year students cannot be admitted to the National Junior Honor Society, but the marks, obtained during the first year of study, will later be taken into account in the total score when joining the NHS. Therefore, in the secure order, it is better to take care of getting a high average score beforehand.
Become a leader. Life in a high school provides a lot of opportunities to guide younger generations. Use the leadership opportunities in those fields in which you are strong, and which correspond to your abilities. If you are an athlete, create your team and work hard to become its captain. If you want to help junior students, gather a youth group or a youth/girlish detachment of scouts. Show yourself as a leader to arouse interest in others to join your team.
Volunteering. Service is one of the main values of the NHS, therefore candidates who wish to devote themselves to voluntary and unselfish services to others increase their chances of being accepted. Look for volunteer organizations whose activities are within your power, and start collaborating with them. To help in a free dining room for needy people once a week, to ring the bell at the Salvation Army door, and to collect items of medical assistance for troops abroad are trifles that can be made for the great ideas about volunteering. Keep a log of your volunteer activities. Be ready to name the exact number of hours worked in this field.
Be an activist. Do not stay all your free time at home, but become an integral active part of your school and community. Such extracurricular activities as sports, student self-government, sports competitions, a choir, drawing lessons, and even local dance classes are a great way to be active. Fill out your schedule and assign yourself to create the reputation of a hard-working and convinced person.
Earn respect. Even if you are already an active participant in your community, the bad traits of your character can lower your chances of entering the NHS. This organization does not accept coarse or vulgar pupils who do not respect their teachers or community leaders. Try to be very kind and noble. Stop talking to people who are driving you astray, encouraging your unworthy behavior and laziness in studying. Remember that the people who are responsible for voting when entering the NHS are teachers of your school. The walls also have ears: one disrespectful statement about any teacher and the opinions of others about you can change forever. Respect to be respected. This is the golden rule.
Joining the NHS
To join the NHS, first, find a local unit near your high school. If you do not know where the school is located, ask the academic tutor or another teacher about it. In addition, you can use the Subdivision Search Engine on the NHS website, which will help you in finding a unit near you.
Pupils cannot apply for entry into the NHS at the national level through the organization’s website or other means. All submissions are carried out at the local level, you should apply to the subdivision of your school. If there is no such unit in your school, this does not mean that everything is lost. Ask your lead advisor, scientific tutor or teacher to set up this unit in your school. Despite the fact that students and their parents cannot create units, they can induce teachers to act accordingly.
Read the national acceptance criteria. The competitive basis of your local membership unit of the NHS may differ from the requirements that your friend encountered in other schools. Nevertheless, the National Technical Honor Society has adopted national rules for entrants. They are as follows:
– Admission is allowed to sophomores, as well as to students of the penultimate and of the final year.
– Candidates must attend at least 1 semester. Some exceptions can be for military children, etc., based on a positive characteristic of their previous school.
– Applicants must have an average score of at least 85%, B or 3.0. Please note, this is only a minimum national score. Many local units have a pass-through standard that can be much stricter and higher.
Study local acceptance criteria. As already mentioned, local units of the NHS can set a national minimum score, but they also have the right to establish overstated criteria, putting forward their rules fairly and equally for everyone. Contact a member of your local office to learn the specifics of the acceptance criteria. This information, in addition, should be indicated in the school official publications, which are available for review by parents and students.
Consider that the requirements, like the public service, include this detail: the more senior you are, the more hours you need to devote to volunteering. For example, graduates must work 40 hours in public services, and students of penultimate courses – 30. Additional hours, which high school students can mention on their resume, will be taken into account.
Illustrate how you have learned the values of the NHS. The good study is only one of the main values. The National Honor Society in an organization of leadership and success. If you are interested in becoming an NHS member, make a summary of your life, record the achievements of your extracurricular activities, and especially the volunteer activities. Be ready to describe these items in detail in applications that the local unit will require to fill out.
Some local units may require specific evidence of volunteer activity: a statement or other supporting evidence. Stay in touch with your old teachers and employees who will be able to confirm your achievements in the service.
Get the status of a ‘candidate’. The NHS decree proclaims that every local unit must have a faculty council responsible for the selection of new members. The faculty council consists of 5 members, appointed annually by the principal. The faculty council or department advisors look for candidates in those students who embody the values of the NHS in their activities. In addition to living in compliance with the values of the NHS, it is also important to be in a respectful relationship with the members of the faculty council and/or the advisor of the unit, which helps to consider your candidacy. To be elected to the candidates, you will need to fill out a candidate form or a statement and compile it by the local office. When you write this form or statement, the appearance matters, no matter how it may sound. Take the time to carefully build your written application. Be brief in your descriptions. Fill out sections about activities, spent hours and make sure that each of them can be confirmed by your adult leader. Try to show yourself as responsible, professional and reliable person. Do not be modest in the statement.
If you were accepted in the NHS, it is great! Now you are part of a prestigious group of fellows who have shown excellent results in their school and social life. Be proud of yourself. If you are not accepted, you have the right to appeal the decision of the council. Nevertheless, the appeal should be addressed specifically to the local unit. The national membership or the institution of the NHS in the state does not consider the affairs of local units. Do not give up. Continue your community service, leadership and raise the average score of your certificate. You will be able to file a new application next year.
Perform in public works. You will still need to work out a certain number of hours a day to become a member of the NHS. Remember: there will always be someone who wants to take your place. Maintain the level of your average score, even if you have already become the NHS member. If your scores go down, you can be excluded from the organization. Just keep expanding your list of achievements and be an active leader.