Membership QualificationsStudents are selected for membership into the National Honor Society (NHS) on the basis of having demonstrated excellence in the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, character, leadership and service. Candidates are evaluated on their entire high school career.
Students who have demonstrated the requirements for scholarship will be invited to participate in the selection process by the NHS advisor. The selection process will determine if the candidate meets expectations for Character, Leadership, and Service.
- Scholarship is a distinguishing feature or trait of an individual, which is indicated by academic achievement.
- Students in the Junior Class are eligible for membership, provided that each student has an overall final weighted grade point average (GPA) of a 3.75 or higher based upon all courses taken for credit through the 4th semester.
- Students in the Senior Class, not previously selected to membership, are eligible, provided that each student has a final weighted GPA of a 3.75 or higher based upon all courses taken for credit through the 6th semester.
- Character is what a person is; reputation is what a person is thought to be. Character is a distinguishing feature or trait of an individual, which is indicative of mature, responsible behavior.
- Character may be demonstrated by possessing qualities such as:
- Responsibility for completion of obligations
- Considerate behavior toward others
- Appropriate conduct without major or repeated disciplinary infractions
- Regular school attendance without excessive or unwarranted absence or tardiness
- Not Participating in an act of Academic Dishonesty during their high school career
- Any student found by the faculty or administration to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and especially the Governor Livingston Academic Integrity policy, may lose the ability to be a member of the National Honor Society. Disciplinary records from freshmen year to the present will be used to evaluate candidates eligible for selection.
- Leadership is a distinguishing feature or trait of an individual, which is demonstrated by the ability to influence others toward positive goals.
- Leadership may be demonstrated by:
- Holding a school or community position of responsibility, school office or committee chairmanship and efficiently performing the duties required
- Influencing others by promoting constructive activities within the classroom, the school and community
- Service is considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation.
- Service may be demonstrated by:
- Participation in a service-oriented club or activity, which entails the student’s involvement inside or outside the school environment
- Commitment to service from the beginning of the candidate’s high school career.