The National Honor Society, founded in 1921, is an organization that was created to recognize and encourage students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of academics, character, leadership, and service. Thousands of chapters exist across the nation. Membership in the Taconic Hills Chapter of the National Honor Society is granted to juniors and seniors who are selected by members of the high school faculty. The selection process follows the guidelines set forth by the Constitution of the National Honor Society selection. A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 88%. Additionally, members must meet high standards of leadership, service, and character. A faculty member serves as the chapter advisor.
CRITERIA FOR NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SELECTION
Character- The student of character:
Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability).
Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability.
Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for peers and adults in and out of the classroom.
Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing an unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
Leadership-The student who exercises leadership:
Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities.
Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals.
Is able to delegate responsibilities.
Exemplifies positive attitudes.
Inspires positive behavior in others. Demonstrates academic initiative.
Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility. Is a forerunner in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities.
Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.
Service- The student who serves:
Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.
Volunteers dependable and well organized assistance.
Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities.