Membership in the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. To be eligible for selection to membership in Queen Anne’s County, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of at least one semester at the high school. He/she must be a second-semester sophomore or a junior or senior and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5
Evaluation & Selection
A major purpose of the National Honor Society is to foster high academic standards and to acknowledge those students who embody a commitment to learning and an acceptance of the challenge of rigorous study. Candidates who exhibit those qualities as evidenced by the courses they have taken and the cumulative grade point average they have earned may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership. Their eligibility shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.
Candidates who meet the criterion for scholarship shall be notified by the NHS advisor. During a candidates’ meeting, all eligible candidates will be informed of the other requirements for membership.
Leadership & Service
Leadership and Service Service is 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 to the individual performing the services. The NHS candidate should be one who contributes to the betterment of school, classmates, and community and who exhibits a positive attitude towards service.
Candidates shall be evaluated in the areas of service and leadership by the Faculty Council. An activity sheet shall be completed by the candidate on which he/she lists all activities for the current school year. Activities may include school clubs and sports teams, church, and community organizations. Job and classes outside of school do not qualify for points.
Candidates are required to have participated in a minimum of three activities during the current school year, one of which must be school-based. For verification purposes, all activities recorded on the activity sheet must be signed by the advisor or coach.
Character is difficult to define; however, “a candidate for membership in National Honor Society will be able to demonstrate an outstanding record of conduct and behavior with regard to school and community rules, or to be able to demonstrate sufficient growth and improvement to compensate for previous inadequacies.” (NHSH, p. 28) A person of character demonstrates the qualities of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship as defined by Character Counts! The candidate shall be responsible for distributing four (4) teacher recommendation forms to teachers who are currently teaching the candidate or who have taught him/her during the previous school year. Ratings will be completed by the teachers. To allow for confidentiality, teachers will submit completed forms to the NHS advisor. A candidate must receive a total score of 120 out of a possible 160 points on the rating forms.
Any suspension from school or proven incident of cheating during the school year prevents induction into the Queen Anne’s County Schools’ chapters of NHS.
The candidate may appeal non-selection in writing to the Faculty Council and has the right to appear in person before the Council, on a date established by it to make his/her case. The Faculty Council will either approve or reject the appeal and notify the student in writing of their decision. The complete policy is available in the guidance office.