National Honor Society
Character • Scholarship • Leadership • Service
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
How Do I Become a Member of NHS at Bishop Ward?
Sophomore and Junior students with a minimum 3.5 GPA are invited each spring to apply to the National Honor Society. To apply, students must complete an application. Application includes:
2. Faculty Recommendation Form
(The applicant will ask two teachers to submit via this link)
3. Two letters of Recommendation from a community member (These are letters to be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Student essay - Which Pillar of the National Honor Society is a strength that I portray? Which Pillar do I need to improve, and how will I accomplish this?
All applications are carefully reviewed and discussed by the NHS Faculty Council. Students are invited for membership if they are believed to have met the standards provided by the National Honor Society.
Rules and Regulations
All NHS students sign a contract promising to maintain the standards expected by the Bishop Ward chapter of the National Honor Society. Throughout the duration of their time at Bishop Ward, National Honor Society members are compelled to uphold the four pillars of NHS: Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Service. Students in non-compliance will be given a warning and are subject to dismissal is they are in violation of any of the standards of the society. The NHS sponsor is responsible for facilitating and communication the application process and participates in the selection of new members as an ex-officio, non-voting member.