The Warren Hills Regional High School Chapter
of the National Honor Society
Application Quick Sheet:
- Students cannot be inducted into the Warren Hills Chapter of the National Honor Society until their Junior year of high school.
- In the winter/spring of their Junior year, students will be notified of their ability to apply.
- To be eligible to apply, students must have the required weighted GPA to apply (weighted GPA for the Class of 2021 is under reconsideration by the Faculty Council and will be updated asap.)
- Seniors are able to apply for NHS in the Fall of their Senior year so long as they meet the GPA requirement, and will be notified as such. The Class of 2020's required weighted GPA is 3.5.
- Applications assess students on the four pillars of NHS: Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Character.
- Applications are reviewed by a panel of five High School faculty members from five different departments, with the Chapter Advisor moderating the review process.
If you have any further questions, please email NHS Chapter Adviser Carmello Chiara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for a more detailed explanation of the Warren Hills Chapter of the National Honor Society.
The History of the National Honor Society
Since its inception in 1921, the National Honor Society has been regarded as a concrete way to promote high academic standards, a means of ensuring the continuation of democracy, as well as an instrument to be used for the betterment of the individual and the school. The fundamental virtues or "pillars" are Character, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. The society has flourished, with more than 15,000 chapters being chartered. The National Honor Society functions as an organization under the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). For more than 80 years the National Honor Society has been the leading organization for recognizing and involving outstanding students in secondary schools across the nation.
Each local chapter of the National Honor Society is required to adopt the national constitution. The original committee which set up the NHS strongly encourages each local chapter to set up its own bylaws which are designed to provide for the local needs of the chapter and still conform to the national constitution. Chapters are urged to exercise initiative, resourcefulness, and ingenuity when promoting Society standards.
The Warren Hills Regional High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is established in full compliance with the national constitution. The purpose of this chapter is 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 students of Warren Hills Regional High School.
All junior and senior students that have the required weighted GPA and who have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester, are eligible for membership in the WHRHS Chapter of the NHS. Students will be notified via school email of their eligibility to apply for the National Honor Society.
Selection to NHS is a privilege, not a right. Membership is not automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance. Instead, eligible students complete an Application Packet to be used by the local selection committee to support their candidacy for membership. Within the Application Packet, a candidate is to outline their accomplishments in the areas of service, leadership, character, and scholarship.
Membership is granted only to those students selected by the five-member Faculty Council of WHRHS. The Faculty Council of the chapter selects students who demonstrate outstanding performance in all four criteria of the NHS - scholarship, leadership, service, and character. This is done by a majority vote of the Faculty Council, not by election.
When are New Members Notified?
The process of admitting new members happens twice a year.
- Applications for Junior class members will occur each year around February/March of their Junior year.
- Applications for Senior class members will occur each year around September/October of their Senior year.
What does the NHS Application Process Entail?
The four pillars of the National Honor Society -- Leadership, Character, Service, and Scholarship -- are the foundation on which each member is assessed.
Students who exercise leadership demonstrate reliability, dependability, and academic initiative. Student leaders are resourceful in proposing new problems and making suggestions for solutions. Student leaders exercise a positive influence on their peers in upholding school and community ideals and spirit. Leadership is defined as, but not limited to, any position in which you were directly responsible for directing or motivating others. Some examples of leadership are:
- Peer Leadership or Peer Mediation
- Elected officer or committee chairs
- Summer Counselor
- Athletic Leadership
- Project Organization
- Leadership in the workplace also considered
Only service hours logged during the high school years are considered in this area. Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation. Service is defined as, but not limited to, volunteering time to community or school organizations or groups, etc. for which you are not paid. Some examples of community service are:
- Volunteer at hospitals, nursing homes, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Religious group activities (e.g. teaching Sunday School, helping with VBS, etc.)
- Helping at food kitchens, Meals on Wheels
- Helping clean up the environment
- Scouting service projects
- Tutoring (unpaid)
This pillar of NHS is assessed by Warren Hills High School Faculty recommendations and review of any previous behavior referrals submitted while in high school. Students will reach out to three faculty members to sign a "Statement of Good Character" about said student. Any behavior referrals will be reviewed by the NHs Faculty Council during the application review meeting.A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
This pillar is already assessed via student's weighted GPA and there is nothing in the Application Packet that they must do in this area.
- A Junior Class member's GPA is reviewed after the 2nd Marking Period of their Junior Year.
- A Senior Class member's GPA is reviewed after the end of their Junior year.
National Honor Society Membership Obligations and Expectations
Once a student becomes a member, there are several obligations to maintain membership.
- Annual dues are $10 per school year.
- Members must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
- Attendance at the monthly meetings (twice a month, normally)
- Complete eight individual service hours in the Summer of between Junior and Senior year, eight hours in the Fall of their Senior year, and eight hours in the Spring of their Senior year.
- Participate in three Group Service Projects throughout their Senior year of high school.
- Plan, participate in, and attend Relay for Life, a year-long cancer research fundraiser that culminates in a celebration and memorial. More information on this event can be found at relayforlife.org/warrenhillsnj
Dismissal from the Chapter:
A student may be removed from the National Honor Society for major infractions of civil laws or school rules or regulations. Students may be rejected or removed from the National Honor Society for major disciplinary infractions, involvement in violations of school policy, or community infractions which reflect negatively on the student or Warren Hills, and failure to meet National Honor Society standards. Students can only be removed from the NHS by a majority vote of the Faculty Council after due process notification.