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National Honor Society
Leadership – Scholarship – Service
The National Honor Society is a prestigious organization predicated on service to the school and community by students who exhibit the highest standards of leadership, scholarship and service. Those students inducted into the organization must have demonstrated leadership, scholarship and service throughout their high school matriculation and be willing to continue that service through their graduation from SHHS.
The NHS standards are high. Each potential candidate (a second semester Junior or Senior) must achieve and maintain a 3.6 or higher GPA, have participated in service-oriented activities within school or the community, and demonstrated leadership through school or community activities. Additionally, each student must be in good standing with no current adverse administrative or legal restrictions. Following the completion and submission of student activity information packets and letters of recommendation, a Faculty Council then meets to decide which students have sufficient merit to be inducted into the organization. During this selection process, the student’s identity is withheld from the Faculty Council to ensure complete anonymity and to remove any potential bias. Candidates then participate in a Tapping Ceremony before the student body and the formal Candle Lighting Induction Ceremony before family and friends.
Among the service activities for NHS are going to put together care packages for soldiers over seas. This year we have sent over 40 pounds of Halloween candy and 120 letters to soldiers through Operation Graditutde. So far this semester we have helped with the Life Skills dance. We are planning on helping with school sponsored blood drive in April.
Organizations seeking service volunteers or parents of potential candidates who have questions about the selection process may contact the NHS faculty sponsor, Karla DeCoster, at 913-592-7376 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.