The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
The History of the National Honor Society
In 1921, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established the National Honor Society. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School, Pittsburgh, Pa., the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups.
Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools." (taken from the NHS Constitution). These purposes also translate into the primary criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
The NHS is sponsored and supervised by NASSP, which appoints a National Council - the controlling body of NHS. In addition, National Council members also serve as the selection committee for the prestigious NHS Scholarship which has been administered annually in schools with NHS chapters since 1946. The day-to-day administration of NHS national concerns is handled by the NASSP Department of Student Activities, headquartered in Reston, VA. You can find out more information about the nation-wide scope of the National Honor Society by visiting the NASSP web site at http://www.nhs.us/
Invitations to join the Nicolet Chapter of National Honor Society will be sent out the first week of March of each year to sophomore/junior students with qualifying GPAs, no unexcused absences, and no suspensions/academic integrity violations.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the NHS faculty advisor, Ms. Nicole Mueller, at 414-351-8279, or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org