The National Honor Society (NHS) is for students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students who meet the minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 may be nominated for participation in NHS at the end of their sophomore or junior year. Every student who meets this minimum is rated for leadership, service and character. NHS members must rate above average in every category. It is not enough that the student has not had discipline incidents or that they participate in service projects that are required of all students. Because NHS membership requires significant time devoted to service and leadership, some students who qualify and are nominated for membership, may choose to decline membership because they will not be able to meet the obligations.
Maplewood provides several service opportunities throughout the year. Each student in NHS is required to participate in at least four of these service projects each year that they are a member of NHS. In addition, each NHS student will need to complete two Individual Projects – service projects that they alone create, plan, and implement. They can include other students in their project or do it by themselves. A minimum of three hours must be devoted to each of these Individual Projects.
Since service is such an important part of developing leadership and character, the selection of projects should be a matter of prayer and careful consideration. Members should select projects that will create a lasting improvement in the lives of those who they seek to serve. Thought should also be given to how the larger student body will be able to participate in the service project. This is where leadership comes in. It will be necessary to organize, publicize and provide leadership to successfully execute the projects.
NHS is an exciting an active organization for young people. Because of requirements for membership and the nature of the activities, membership in the NHS is respected by all colleges and universities. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Laura Cummings, the NHS adviser for Maplewood Academy.