The National Honor Society (NHS)
Established in 1921
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.
What is the National Honor Society?
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nation-wide organization founded in 1921 “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in our nation’s secondary schools.” Today, NHS is considered the nation’s premier organization in recognizing outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in these areas and is one of the highest honors a high school student can achieve. Additionally, from its inception, this organization has promoted “high school academic standards, […] the continuation of democracy, and […] the betterment of the individual and the school.”
Parents and students who would like more information about NHS are encouraged to contact Mrs. McKenzie Wallace
How can I become a member?
Students wishing to become NHS members in the Fall must fill out the Student Information Sheet and turn it in by the early October deadline. If you are having difficulties accessing any form, contact McKenzie Wallace NHS Membership is available to any junior or senior who meets the criteria for selection. This includes demonstrating excellence in the following four (4) areas: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. At Myrtle Point High School, students must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.50 or better to be considered for selection. A selection committee made up of faculty members determines whether or not each student meets the other three criteria of character, leadership, and service.
Students that are selected for the National Honor Society will be notified in November, when an induction ceremony will be held.
Attendance: Candidates must have been in satisfactory attendance at MPHS the equivalent of half the school year.
Class in School: Candidates must be members of the sophomore or junior class at the time of selection.
Scholarship: Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.5
Leadership: Leadership roles in both school and community may be considered, provided they can be verified.
Service: The student must have been active in service projects in the school and community.
Character: Character is measured in terms of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. The faculty council will consider the positive aspects of character as well as the negative character traits.
Five MPHS faculty members will be chosen to serve on a faculty council. The NHS advisor will serve as a non-voting member.
All non-members who meet the standards for attendance, class in school, and scholarship above will be invited to complete an application packet.
Students who seek membership will submit completed application packets to the NHS advisor. The advisor will convene a meeting of the faculty council.
The faculty council may interview all students who submit completed applications for the purpose of clarifying or expanding upon information in the application packet. No candidate shall be excluded for a lack of public speaking ability or poise.
The faculty council will also survey pertinent records maintained by school officials about student behavior.
All faculty members will be invited to make comments on the candidates.
All judgments of the faculty council will be free of hearsay and rumor.
After gathering information as described above, the faculty council will vote on granting membership to each student. A majority will prevail.
NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the National Honor Society, Myrtle Point Chapter.
Section 2. 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 the students of Myrtle Point High School.
Section 3. The NHS, Myrtle Point Chapter shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP).
Section 1. The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
Section 2. The principal shall annually appoint a chapter advisor, who may serve consecutive terms.
THE CHAPTER ADVISOR
Section 1. The chapter advisor shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as a liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 2. The chapter advisor shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The chapter advisor shall send the annual report to the national office.
Section 3. The chapter advisor shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.
Section 4. The chapter advisor shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
Section 1. The faculty council shall consist of five faculty members.
Section 2. The term of the faculty council shall be one year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.
Section 3. The chapter advisor shall be an ex-official member of the faculty council.
Section 4. The faculty council shall meet at least once a year to select members and to consider dismissal, non-selection, and warning cases.
Section 1. Membership in the Myrtle Point chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Section 2. New members shall be inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 3. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
SELECTION OF MEMBERS
Section 1. To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a member of the sophomore or junior class. Candidates must have been in attendance at Myrtle Point High School the equivalent of two semesters.
Section 2. Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.5. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character.
Section 3. The selection of members to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.
Section 1. A written description of the dismissal procedure shall be available to interested parties.
Section 2. Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except in the case of a flagrant violation of school rules or civic laws a member does not have to be warned.
Section 3. The faculty council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.
Section 4. In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the faculty council.
Section 1. The officers shall be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, public relations officer, and sergeant of arms.
Section 2. The President shall meet with the NHS advisor to plan meetings, chair all meetings, make, copy, and distribute the agenda to all members, coordinate with the executive committee, and liaison to MPHS administration.
Section 3. The Vice President shall assist the President, chair all meetings that the President is unable to attend, assist the Sergeant of Arms, and oversee attendance.
Section 4. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings for a record of all business, which entail attendants, motions, topics, speakers, decisions, and actions.
Section 5. The Treasurer shall oversee all fundraising activities, keep an accurate account of all monetary movement, and develop a semi-precise budget to be voted on no later than the last meeting of October of each school year.
Section 6. The Public Relations Officer shall notify all NHS members or entire school to any or all NHS events, meetings, or obligations; shall use any or all methods deemed necessary (school announcements, fliers, notes, newspaper, radio, etc.) and take pictures.
Section 7. The Sergeant of Arms shall maintain order during meetings.
Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter advisor.
Section 2. The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter between its business meetings and make recommendations to the chapter. All actions and recommendations of the executive committee shall be subject to the review of the chapter membership.
Section 3. The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.
Section 1. There shall be regular meetings during the school year on days designated by the executive committee.
Section 2. Special meetings approved by the executive committee may be called by the president.
Section 1. The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.
Section 2. All members shall regularly participate in these projects.
Section 3. These projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community; have the support of the administration and faculty; be appropriate and educationally defensible; and be well planned and executed.
Section 4. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in a service project which reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.
Section 5. The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.
Section 1. These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the chapter by a majority vote.