The selection process for membership in the junior division of the National Honor Society begins at the end of the first semester of each school year. Students will be notified by mail in January if they meet the academic eligibility requirements for membership consideration. Students may then decide to pursue membership in the National Junior Honor Society by submitting the additional required documentation as described below. The completed files of eligible students will then be reviewed by the faculty advisory committee for membership consideration. It is important to note that membership in the National Junior Honor Society is not based solely on academic achievement and review of submitted materials does not automatically result in an invitation to membership. Students must also demonstrate the attributes of good character and citizenship, as well as a desire to render service and to provide worthy leadership.
Candidates eligible for selection in the National Junior Honor Society (grades 7 and 8): Students must have a cumulative overall average of 88.0.
Eligible students must have been at NCS for one complete semester; transfer students who were already NJHS members should notify the NJHS adviser who will contact the previous school. If it is verified that the student left in good standing, that student may be eligible for membership during first semester.
Documentation Required from Eligible Students Seeking Membership
1. Completed Community Service Hours Form (at least 10 hours documented)
2. Completed Student Information Form
3. Three letters of recommendation (2 from core teachers, 1 from a school or community reference)
Community Service Requirement
Students seeking membership in the National Junior Honor Society must have completed ten hours of qualifying community service. This service may have been performed at any time during the previous summer (beginning in June) through the end of first semester (usually mid-January). The Community Service Hours Form must include signatures of supervising personnel at the community service sites. Students must complete a total of 20 hours before the school year ends.
Student Information Form
The Student Information Form is designed to gather information directly from students about their activities, service, leadership roles, and perspectives concerning the honor society and its values. The student information form is not an application for membership. Instead, the purpose of the form is to support the student’s candidacy by providing relevant information for use by the faculty advisory committee.
Letters of Recommendation
Prospective members must submit two letters of recommendation from current core subject teachers and one letter from another school or community reference.
The documentation provided by students will be reviewed by the faculty advisory committee based on the following personal attributes: leadership, service, and character. Students’ academic, disciplinary, and attendance records will all be taken into consideration by the faculty advisory committee to aid in making sound decisions regarding membership. The faculty advisory committee will consider many aspects of each of the essential characteristics embodied by a National Junior Honor Society member. The following are examples of the traits that may be considered:
- Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
- Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
- Exemplifies a positive attitude
- Inspires positive behavior in others
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility
- Demonstrates reliability and dependability
- Is a leader in the classroom and in other school or community settings
- Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
- Provides dependable assistance to the agencies where service is being performed
- Works well with others at volunteer placements
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school or community organization
- Does committee and staff work without complaint
Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliabilityConsistently observes school rules and regulationsIs punctual to school and to classesConsistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behaviorAvoids cheating in written work
National Honor Society Handbook, 2005
The faculty advisory committee will carefully consider all aspects of a student’s candidacy for membership in the National Junior Honor Society. Students will be notified by mail of the faculty advisory committee’s decision regarding acceptance or non-selection. In the event of non-selection, any questions regarding the faculty advisory committee’s decision should be presented to the National Junior Honor Society adviser within one week after notification of non-selection.
Induction and Membership
The induction ceremony for the National Junior Honor Society is held in March. Members of the National Junior Honor Society are required to perform twenty hours of community service each school year from June through May.
Students who are invited to join the National Junior Honor Society must maintain the high standards by which they were selected for membership. A student should be confident, therefore, that he or she can maintain satisfactory grades and community service hours once a member. It is possible for a student to be accepted into the National Junior Honor Society and decline membership during a given academic year without penalty. The student may be considered for eligibility again the following year according to the criteria established for the new school year.
Any questions regarding the eligibility and selection process for the National Junior Honor Society should be directed to Ms Claire Fornsel, National Junior Honor Society adviser, at 480-2885 or email@example.com.