National Honor Society is an organization established to recognize devoted and driven students. These students challenge themselves academically, contribute their time to benefit their communities, practice effective leadership, and demonstrate outstanding character. These four attributes are known as the Four Pillars of NHS, which all members must exemplify to gain and maintain membership in the organization. Members who neglect to meet either one of these pillars at any time risk having their membership rescinded by the Faculty Council.

Eligibility

Juniors or seniors who meet a cumulative GPA requirement of 3.6 and demonstrate the four pillars of NHS are eligible to apply. Candidates must complete an application, explain in detail how they exemplify the four pillars, and get teachers to vouch on their behalf.

Students who meet the GPA entrance requirement will automatically receive an invitation to apply during the second week of September.

Selection Procedures

  • Academically eligible juniors and seniors are automatically invited to apply during the first week of September.
  • Candidates will submit an application including evidence of character, service, and leadership no later than 3:15 on Friday, September 21.
  • The Faculty Council will solicit information about candidates from the faculty and school officials.
  • The Faculty Council will review all forms and gathered information in order to ascertain if the student meets all criteria.
  • A majority vote by the Faculty Council secures selection.
  • Selected students will be notified.
  • Any appeals to the Faculty Council’s decision must be directed to the building principal. Only technical or procedural errors will be considered.
  • Letters of selection will be sent to parents.
  • Students are inducted into the National Honor Society at a formal induction ceremony held in November.

NOTE: NHS faculty advisers are not members of the Faculty Council and do not vote during the selection process.

IMPORTANT: As per the National Association of Secondary School Principals, “parents and students are reminded that NHS membership is a privilege, not a right and that the school’s faculty council has every authority to withhold membership.”

Advisors
Ms. Danielle Looman
x21410
danielle_looman@southwesternsd.org

Mr. David Vega
x21404
david_vega@southwesternsd.org

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