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National Honor Society

  • Scholarship: Sophomores or juniors who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character.
  • Service: This quality is defined through voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
  • Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
  • Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good clean lifestyle.

NHS-2018 Application Overview

Verification Statement 2018

Service to School

  • Tutor Peers
  • Assist with Becahi Book Fair
  • Serve as Moderators & Timers for Debate Team
  • For additional information please contact the moderator, Miss Debra Ann DeSanto at: ddesanto@becahi.org

NHS Process and Selection

  1. Sophomores and juniors must have at least a 3.500 cumulative GPA to be considered for NHS membership. The GPA is merely a threshold, not a guarantee of selection. Once a student meets the GPA threshold, it has no further role in the evaluation process.
  2. Students who meet the GPA threshold may apply to be considered for NHS membership. The application must show evidence that the student meets NHS requirements for leadership capabilities, service contributions, and good character.  The navigation to your left contains a description on these three qualities, which NHS considers essential.
  3. In the service section, only list service that is beyond the theology requirements.
  4. The last part of the application deals with activities. In this section, list any school and/or community activities in order of length of participation, longest to shortest.
  5. Print out the Verification Sheet. You and a parent and/or guardian must sign the Verification Sheet affirming that the information is accurate. This must be handed in on or before the due date.
  6. The NHS Faculty Council selects new members based on the performance in leadership, service, character and the application.
  7. Students are notified of acceptance or non-acceptance to NHS. New members are informed about initiation and the requirements to remain members in good standing.

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council consists of five voting members appointed by and reporting to the principal. The council reviews procedures, selects new members, and considers disciplinary actions.

Council members are:

  • Mr. Steve Tomaszewski
  • Mr. Michael Grasso
  • Mr. Jack Grogan
  • Mrs. Carole Reightler
  • Mrs. Ann Ruth

The Chapter Adviser, Miss Debra Ann DeSanto, is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the council.

Leadership

The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection. The student who exercises leadership:

  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability
  • Leads in school or community activities, in the classroom, or at work
  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • Is resourceful in proposing new ideas and making suggestions
  • Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • Exemplifies positive attitudes
  • Inspires positive behavior in others
  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude

Service

The student who serves:

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult  or inconspicuous responsibilities
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
  • Does committee and staff work without complaint
  • Participates in some activity outside of school, for example: Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the elderly, poor or disadvantaged
  • Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students
  • Receives no direct financial or material compensation for service

Character

A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. In addition, the student of character:

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • Regularly shows courtesy, concern and respect for others
  • Observes instructions and rules, is punctual and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
  • Has powers of concentration, self-discipline and sustained attention, as shown by perseverance and application to studies
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment