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The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization for recognizing outstanding high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
To be considered for NHS membership, applicants must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher. Qualified applicants also need to receive positive references from their teachers and one community advisor, demonstrated leadership experience, examples of recent community service and extracurricular activities, and completion of a written essay.
Applications for membership are made available once per year, usually around February-March. All qualifying 10th and 11th graders are welcome to apply. Interested students should review the examples provided below to make sure they have the necessary experience requirements for their applications.
Leadership Experiences: Serving as an officer for a club or organization, an event and/or committee chairperson, a band sectional leader, a team captain or teen coach for a sport, etc.
Community Service: Volunteering at an event without compensation, for the benefit of others. Examples include: Volunteering at a retirement home for the elderly, helping at a charity walk, working with children at Sunday school, participating at a clean-up or recycling event, helping at a food drive etc.
Extracurricular Activities: Activities performed without compensation outside of regular student activities. For example: Sports, band, student clubs/organizations, Early College, Student Government, Class Council, Academy Ambassadors, church groups, dance, hula, etc.