National Honors Society

What is National Honors Society?

"The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service"
"About Us | NHS." About Us | NHS. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

More information and the history of NHS 

Informational Brochure About the EWHS Chapter of the National Honor Society

What is the purpose of NHS at Eastern Wayne High School?
Section 2: The object of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership and to encourage the development of character in the students of Eastern Wayne High School.
(Article One Section 2 EWHS NHS By-Laws)

Who can be a member of the Eastern Wayne High School NHS?

Section 1: Membership is this chapter shall be known as active and graduate.  Active members become graduate members at graduation.  The graduate members have no vote.

Section 2: Membership in this chapter shall be based on Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.

Section 3: To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at Eastern Wayne High School.

Section 4: Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be members of the sophomore, junior, or senior class.  Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum, weighted cumulative grade point average of 3.5.  This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy.  All students who rise in scholarship to or above such standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership.  Their eligibility shall then be considered based on their leadership, service, and character.
(Article II Membership, Sections 1-4 EWHS NHS By-Laws)

How are members selected?

Section 1.  The final selection of members to this chapter shall be a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of five faculty members appointed by the principal.  The chapter adviser shall be the sixth, non-voting, ex-officio member of the Faculty Council.

Section 2.  Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:
  1. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
  2. Students who are eligible scholastically shall be notified and asked to complete the Student Activity Information Form and write an essay addressing a prompt provided by advisors for further consideration for selection.
  3. The faculty shall be requested to comment on candidates determined to be scholastically eligible.
  4. The Student Activity Information Form, essay, and faculty comments shall be reviewed by the Faculty Council.
Section 3. The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the second semester of the school year. Alternative or additional selection periods may be added.

Section 4. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from Eastern Wayne High School will be given a letter indicating the status of his/her membership and signed by the principal.

Section 5. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers in to Eastern Wayne High School will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter.  Proof of membership must be provided directly from the former school on letterhead and signed by the student’s former principal.  This transfer member will attain within ONE SEMESTER and then maintain the membership requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.
(Article III, Sections 1-5  EWHS NHS By-Laws)

When can a student expect an invitation to apply for membership in the Eastern Wayne High School chapter of NHS?
Students can expect to get a letter in homeroom informing them of their qualification to apply for membership during the last week of February, or first week of March.  There is a meeting that invitees need to attend, and it is usually the Friday after the Monday that they receive notification that they meet the GPA requirement to apply to NHS.
About the EWHS Chapter of the National Honor Society (PDF)
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