National Honor Society
The National Honor Society, or NHS, is a nationwide organization in the United States and consists of many chapters in high schools (grades 9-12). Selection is based on four criteria: service, leadership, scholarship and character. The NHS requires some sort of service to the community, school, or other organizations. The projects help students meet the required service hour total monthly. The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The Alpha chapter of NHS was founded at Fifth Avenue High School by Principal, Edward S. Rynearson, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Second semester Sophomores and Juniors who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.400 or higher are qualified to receive membership information packets. The packet must be filled out completely and accurately and handed in on time. An applicant is required to have demonstrated leadership either in school or community activities.
- An applicant must exhibit character traits in and out of school which are desirable, positive, and admirable. The RHS faculty will judge applicants on their character traits.
- An applicant is required to have been involved in service activities which benefit others. These service activities can include school related activities and must include one or more significant activity outside of school. A minimum of 50 hours of service activity per year is required for each member.
- Membership in the National Honor Society is a privilege, not a right. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements in each of the four criteria, not just scholarship.
While membership is an honor, it also requires each member to maintain standards, demonstrate proper attitudes and behavior, and provide service to others.