Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Our chapter has worked hard to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. Our chapter strives to give practical meaning to the Society’s standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four ideals are considered as the basis for selection. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Honor Society strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in all of these areas.
NHS was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The Board of Directors of the NASSP serves as the governing board of NHS. Operational control of NHS is in the hands of a National Council and its secretary. The local Chapter of NHS was chartered in 1971.
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About National Honor Society
Motto: Noblisse Oblige
Colors: blue and gold
Flower: yellow rose
The emblem is the keystone and the flaming torch. The keystone bears at its base the letters C S L S, which stands for the four cardinal principles of the organization: character, scholarship, leadership, and service. The purchase of the emblem is not obligatory in any way; the title of the emblem remains with the chapter until the member is graduated. Therefore, the Chapter Council can, for reason, commandeer the emblem, as in the case of a dismissed member.
Membership, however, is more than an honor. It is an ongoing responsibility and an obligation to continue to demonstrate those outstanding qualities that result in a student’s selection. Membership also carries a responsibility to the chapter. If our NHS chapter is to be effective and meaningful, each member must become involved.
Based on the NHS constitution, four purposes are said to guide NHS chapters, which are the following:
"To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools." These purposes are supposed to translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.