NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
History and Development
The National Honor Society was established in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.
The Chester-Joplin-Inverness High School chapter has a long and established history. This chapter involves sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
The National Honor Society is more than just academic recognition. Guidelines for membership selection are based on four main areas:
1. Scholarship—Students who have a 3.33, or higher, grade point average meet the scholarship requirement for membership.
2. Service—This quality is the voluntary contributions students make to the school and community.
3. Character—Students of good character have integrity, positive behavior, cooperation, and ethics.
4. Leadership—Student leaders are viewed as resourceful, dependable, positive people who are able to solve problems and contribute ideas. These leaders are involved in school activities and encourage involvement in them.
Official Colors, Motto, and Flower
The official colors of the National Honor Society are blue and gold, and the Society’s motto is Noblesse Oblige, a French phrase literally meaning nobility obligates. In other words, it signifies that those of high rank (or birth, in its original context) have the obligation to behave honorably, generously, and responsibly to others. The official flower of the NHS is the yellow rose.
Guidelines and Procedures for Membership
Chester-Joplin-Inverness High School recognizes and honors students for outstanding achievement. The highest recognition bestowed is through membership in the Chester-Joplin-Inverness High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. This recognition is achieved through a selection process based upon exemplary scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
The membership selection process for the National Honor Society (NHS) is as follows:1. Student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior. Candidate must have been in attendance at the school for the equivalent of one semester.
2. Student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.33, or higher to be eligible for the National Honor Society.
3. Selection is based on four criteria: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.
4. To be considered for selection, a student who has the required GPA must submit a completed Application.
5. To be invited to be a member of the National Honor Society, a student must receive a majority vote of the Faculty Council. A principal and the NHS advisor are ex-officio members of this selection committee, but the principal does have final approval of all accepted new members.
Step 1: In January of each year, a list of academically eligible students is prepared.
Step 2: Eligible students will be sent a letter inviting them to complete an NHS Application, found on the school's website or from the NHS Advisor, and return the application by the announced deadline.
Step 3: Faculty evaluation forms will be given to high school teachers.
Step 4: Faculty Council will meet to review application materials and faculty evaluations. The Council will then determine final NHS student selections.
Step 5: Following the Faculty Council selection meeting, students will be informed of their status. Selected students will be called to a meeting to outline the process for induction in the National Honor Society.
Step 6: New and present NHS members and their parent(s)/guardian(s) will be invited to participate in a formal induction ceremony to be held at the Spring Awards Ceremony.
Any questions or comments should be directed to Miss Lyndsey Oraw, NHS Advisor, at (406) 759-5108, ext. 209.