Students in grades 10-12 with a 3.75 (minimum) GPA are invited to submit an information form which is used in the selection of members of NHS. In order to be selected as a member you must also fulfill certain criteria in the areas of leadership, service and character.
The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection. Leadership may be interpreted as the number of offices a student has held in school or community organizations, although it is important to recognize that leadership also exists outside campus activities. Leadership may also be defined in less objective terms. Leadership roles in both the school and community may be considered, provided they can be verified.
Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. In considering service, the contributions the candidate has made to school, classmates, and community, as well as the student’s attitude toward service can be reviewed.
Character is probably the most difficult criterion to define. The Faculty Council considers the positive as well as the negative aspects of character. All judgments in this and other selection criteria should be free of speculation and rumor. A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.