National Honor Society
The purpose of the Cristo Servire Chapter of the National Honor Society shall be to encourage scholarship, promote leadership, provide opportunities for service within the school, and require the demonstration of the highest character by the members.
Selection of Members
The application process for the Kennedy Catholic Chapter of the National Honor Society is as follows:
- To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a junior or senior and possess a GPA of 93% or higher. Students whose parents are required to relocate because of job transfers may request a waiver of this attendance requirement from the Faculty Council. International students must be in attendance at Kennedy Catholic for 2 years in order to be eligible for possible induction into NHS. Eligible members are initially given a “Response Form” which solicits their intention concerning membership.
- Candidates returning the “Response Form” on time are then issued a NHS Information Packet consisting for an information/requirement letter; an activity form; the essay topic; and 3 letters of recommendation, 1 representing the student’s qualities of scholarship, 1 representing the student’s leadership ability, and 1 representing the student’s service.
- Forms returned on time are reviewed by the Faculty Council; any packet not received by the deadline will not be accepted. To be selected, a student must be involved in two or more activities or services during the academic year of application and/or the academic year preceding. Teacher and staff input should be favorable. A decision is made by majority vote of the Faculty Council.
- Students are encouraged to be thorough in filling out their applications. Judgments made by the Faculty Council regarding membership are based significantly on what is included in the application. Applicants should not assume “they know me.” Applicants should not exaggerate their qualifications, but this is not a time to be modest.
- The application has two parts:
- Applicants will complete a student activity information form highlighting service to school, community and classmates and demonstrating leadership in and out of school.
- An essay describing in three brief paragraphs (MLS format) the ways in which the student displays leadership, service and character.
Applicants are provided the following guidelines that are used to evaluate the qualities of leadership, service and character.
Leadership – the student who exercises leadership:
- Is resourceful in proposing new solutions to problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
- Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
- Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals
- Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
- Is able to delegate responsibility
- Exemplifies positive attitudes
- Inspires positive behavior in others
- Demonstrates academic initiative
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducting business effectively and efficiently, and without prodding, demonstrates reliability and dependability
- Is a forerunner in the classroom, at work and in other school or community activities
- Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
Service – the student who serves:
- Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude
- Participates in some outside activity such as Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor or disadvantaged; family duties or in school activities such as Action Club, Interact Club or other school organizations
- Volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is glady available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders and request service to the school
- Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
- Does committee and staff work without complaint
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students
Character – the student of character:
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
- Upholds principles of morality and ethics
- Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
- Demonstrates the highest standard of honesty and reliability
- Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, avoids habitual tardiness and absences, and faithfulness both inside and outside of school
- Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
- Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules; avoiding cheating in written work including plagiarism, cheating, copying homework, providing answers to other students; and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
- Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment
Membership in the organization is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Specifically:
- Members must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 93%. A member whose GPA falls below 93% will be placed on probation and given the opportunity to raise his or her GPA to 93% or better. Members on academic probation retain all the rights and responsibilities of membership. Failure to raise the GPA to 93% by the end of the next grading period will result in removal from the chapter.
- National Honor Society students are expected to demonstrate the highest character. A member who is disciplined for academic dishonesty including plagiarism, cheating, copying homework, or providing answers to another student will be removed from the Chapter.
- National Honor Society students are expected to demonstrate leadership within the school community and set an appropriate example for the student body. They are expected to conform to the rules of the school as outlined in the student handbook. Any students who is suspended for an infraction of school rules will be removed from the Chapter.
- Students are expected to perform service to Kennedy Catholic High School. A total of 20 hours of service, documented by faculty or staff, are required. Failure to fulfill the service obligation will be considered very seriously. Members who fail to perform the required service hours will be warned and then face removal from the Chapter.