NHS Is Not Just Smart Kids

The National Honor Society, or NHS, is a premier organization created to acknowledge exceptional high school students. NHS is considered to be the highest honor a high school student can receive. If selected into this organization, students will participate in numerous community service projects.

Here at Marlington, NHS is held in the same regard. In a sit-down interview with Mr. Locke, NHS advisor, the process of being inducted into the National Honor Society is explained.

There are four areas of qualifications or pillars, for NHS: Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service. Students inducted into NHS excel in all four pillars.

To first be considered for NHS, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.200 or higher. This is considered the scholarship pillar of NHS. After the first semester grades are recorded, a list of qualifying students is given to each teacher in the building. At this point, every qualified student is notified.

Then, the faculty rate each student and total the scores in each of the four pillars. Teachers only rate students they know well enough to score. Teachers from a student's freshman year still have the capability to rate potential NHS members. Therefore, it is important for the student to have good qualities from their first year in high school, and not just in their junior or senior year. The ratings are on a scale from one to forty in all categories. Juniors must reach a cumulative score of 136 to be accepted and seniors must achieve a score of at least 128.

Students who are considered for NHS have the opportunity to provide an information sheet before the staff rating process. This information sheet can contain any areas of service or volunteer work, including: clubs, groups, sports, or other activities. Service and volunteer work do not need to be within the school. Church groups, Cub Scouts, 4-H, and other outside clubs can also be listed on the information sheet.

If a student does many outside of school activities, it is recommended that the student list all areas of service on the information sheet. This sheet catches the eye of faculty members, so it is important to list all areas of service and volunteer work possible.

There is a possibility of hurting a student's chance of being inducted to NHS. Mr. Locke reports that if a student has little to no involvement and/or bad character, it could affect the teacher's decision. Students must be sure to not speak negatively of NHS after the induction, either online or in person. This will also be taken into consideration in the next year's induction.

In a situation where the student is not inducted in their first year, the NHS advisors will point out their weakest point. However, scores of any student will not be released. Improving this area will increase the chance of getting in the following year.

Mr. Locke stresses that smart kids don't always get in. When teachers rate and score students, they look for those who go above and beyond in each of the four pillars. NHS tapping is on February 26th.The NHS process at Marlington is quickly approaching, so hopefully, this article prepares those who are interested!


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