National Junior Honor Society
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NJHS in 1929, eight years after it founded National Honor Society for high school students. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NJHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups.
Five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
Inductions Will Occur in January with the Criteria based on Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character and Citizenship.
The cumulative grade point average will be an 85. The cumulative grade will be determined from the beginning of the 7th grade year. If an 8th student is invited to become a member then their grade was determined from their 7th grade year and possibly their first semester of 8th grade.
Has the student held an office? But more importantly does the student inspire positive behavior in others? Does the student demonstrates initiative in promoting school activates and spirit? Is the student a leader in the classroom, at work, or in other school or community activities?
Students are asked not only what they have completed in the past but more importantly what can they assist with in the future. “How can they make their school better? How can they make their community better? What other clubs can you assist with?”
Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness and caring and citizenship. Many schools work with Character Development and these models should fit well within the framework of the NJHS.
The student should understand the importance of civic engagement. Understand the values of representative democracy and respect the law for all citizens at the local, state and federal levels. The student will also demonstrate mature participation and responsibility through such organizations as schools clubs, community organizations and scouting.
Members will have an opportunity to be nominated for officer roles by their peers in the club. Also, students must complete service hours (in and/or out of school). This will be discussed further at the meetings.
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