Sponsor: Crystal Henry
Purpose: The National Honor Society was founded to recognize and encourage academic achievement and to develop characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. These characteristics are service, leadership, and character. The purpose of the organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in individuals.
Eligibility: Students in grades 11-12 who have maintained a weighted 3.8 GPA during their high school careers are eligible for nomination to the PHS Chapter of the National Honor Society. A student must have been at PHS for at least one semester. NHS is an organization that recognizes outstanding individuals who are able to balance academics with other responsibilities and interests. Selection for membership is based upon evidence of the following qualities: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Selection Process: Selection to NHS will be graded by a faculty council of five members appointed by the principal. Discipline referrals and excessive absences will constitute evidence of deficiencies in character. Leadership and service contributions are determined by completion of an activity information form returned by a specified deadline by the student nominee. Thoroughness in the completion of the activity form will be reviewed and scored by members of the faculty council.
Induction & Membership Dues: Induction is held only once each academic year. Dues are $10 per year.
Service Hour Requirements: To wear the NHS cowl at graduation, students must complete a specified number of service project hours. Juniors will need to complete 12 service project hours in two years, and seniors will need to complete 9 service project hours this year. Service projects may be any combination of 3 individual and group projects; however, at least one must be a group project (i.e., a project initiated by NHS in which all willing members may participate). Individual projects (community service done outside of school) must be verified by a signature of a sponsor or director of the project on a service project form.
Meetings: Meetings will be held each month on a schedule to be announced. Failure to attend meetings may result in higher service project hour requirements. Special meetings may be called, if needed. Listen to announcements about meetings, service project opportunities, service project hours, and general NHS information.
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