National Honor Society (NHS)

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY - Ms. Kay:  The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in all of the students of WHS. Membership in the N.H.S. is an honor and a privilege.  Students shall be selected by Faculty Council, and selection is based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, character and service.  Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.

To be eligible for membership in the National Honor Society, candidates must:

  • Be a member of the junior or senior class
  • Have been in attendance at least one semester or its equivalent at Walpole High School
  • Have a cumulative scholastic GPI of at least 3.650; This scholastic average is to be based on the student’s grades from ninth grade up to and including the last quarter before selection
  • Complete the required number of Service and Leadership hours indicated in the NHS-By-Laws

Once candidacy has been determined, the Faculty Council will evaluate each candidate on the basis of scholarship, service, leadership and character.  They will request input from the entire faculty by   a verbal or written recommendation.  All students who meet the minimum GPI will be asked to fill out and return a “student profile”.  This information will be used by the Faculty Council to evaluate each candidate further.  The following definitions and examples of leadership, service, and character are the guidelines that the Faculty Council will use in determining membership:

LEADERSHIP:  The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection.Leadership roles both in the school and the community shall be considered.  The ability to plan, organize, and supervise service projects, with minimal supervision, is an essential criterion of membership.

SERVICE:  Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others, over a significant period of time, and without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.  In considering service, the contributions the candidate has made to the school, classmates, and community, as well as the student’s attitude toward service, will be reviewed.  Service(s) provided to meet specific church; Boy/Girl Scout obligations, etc. are generally not considered directly relevant to the “Service” criterion.

SCHOLARSHIP: National Honor Society has specific GPI criteria to be eligible for membership.  Students may be put on probation or lose their membership if their academic performance falls below the minimum GPI standard.  Students are expected to dedicate themselves to study, inquiry, independent and life-long learning.

CHARACTER: A person of character demonstrates the following seven qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, citizenship, and honesty.

The selection of each N.H.S. member shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.  In the event of a tie or absence, the Faculty Advisor(s) shall vote.  No relative of any student candidate may vote. The principal may overrule any decision made by the Faculty Council.  Any student who is not offered membership may appeal to the Faculty Advisor in writing to determine if an error has been made.  The Faculty Advisor will review the criteria with the principal and inform the student, in writing, of the decision. The N.H.S. constitution and complete set of bylaws for selection, duties and responsibilities of membership, and dismissal are on file in the main office, guidance office, and on reserve in the WHS Library.  Specific questions should be directed to the N.H.S. Advisors.

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