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 (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 and/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 formal Candle Lighting Induction Ceremony in November before family and friends.

The application process is as follows: 1) During the 1st full week of September letters will be given to all juniors and seniors with a 3.6 or higher GPA. 2) Students who are interested in applying need to attend one of the two mandatory meetings listed in the letters. 3) Students will have until the beginning of October to complete the application. 4) Students who are NOT selected for NHS will be notified.

One of the many service activities NHS is involved with is assembling care packages for soldiers overseas. This fall semester we sent over 150 cards to soldiers overseas through Operation Gratitude. During the spring semester we plan to help with the Life Skills dance and the 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 decosterk@usd230.org.

Students involved in NHS are required to complete 10 hours of community service each school year. They may earn 5 of those 10 hours over the summer break. Below is the form for community service completed over the summer. Please note that each volunteer experience requires its own form.

Service Hour Form (pdf, 48.79KB)

The completed form must be turned in to the NHS sponsor at the beginning of the school year.

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