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National Honor Society
What is the National Honor Society?

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. It is important to understand that chapter membership not only recognizes students for their past accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Membership is awarded by a vote of a faculty council, representing the faculty as a whole. Membership is "an honor bestowed upon a select group of students by the faculty council...' in accordance with the National Honor Society Constitution, and is not a right accorded the academically eligible student. Membership in the National Honor Society is an award from the Von Steuben faculty and, as any award, is a privilege and not a right of any student.

SCHOLARSHIP

NHS members are committed to the pursuit of knowledge. As life-long learners, they see every experience as a chance to gain understanding.

SERVICE

NHS members are expected to perform voluntary service in your school or community "with a positive, courteous and enthusiastic spirit."

LEADERSHIP

NHS members display leadership qualities at school or community activities. Members participate in a variety of engaging extracurricular activities in and out of school.

CHARACTER

NHS members consistently display good character traits, including, morality, cooperation, honesty, reliability and courtesy. NHS Members are model students.


SELECTION PROCESS

Students are invited to join NHS based on outstanding performance in the following areas: scholarship; leadership; service and personal character.

Membership in NHS is open to rising* juniors and seniors who have attended Von Steuben for at least one semester and have a unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher. Additionally, candidates are required to have already completed a number of service learning hours prior to their invitation (rising juniors need 20; rising seniors need 30).

*The term "rising" refers to the grade students will be in the following school year.

The selection process begins in the spring with the following steps:
  1. Prospective candidates are invited to an informational meeting
  2. Students submit a Candidate Narrative summary to the NHS advisors
  3. Candidates obtain 4 character recommendations (2 Von Steuben faculty and 2 extra-curricular sponsors)
  4. Listing of all candidates will be submitted to the Von Steuben faculty and staff for review regarding merits of each candidate’s character and leadership ability feedback
  5. Faculty council appointed by the principal will evaluate the narratives, recommendations and faculty & staff feedback for final determination
  6. All candidates will be notified of their status.
  7. Students who are accepted will be inducted during in a formal ceremony
  8. Candidates who are not accepted during their junior year may apply again the following year
​​​​​​​Selection Timeline*
  • Friday, February 21, 2020:  Application Invitation Distribution
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020:  NHS Informational Meeting (3:00 PM in Room 112)
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by 3:00 PM:  Application Deadline
  • Friday, April 24, 2020:  Formal Acceptance Notification Distribution
  • Thursday, May 38, 2020 at 6:00 PM:  NHS Induction Ceremony
*Timeline may be subject to change; we appreciate your patience and flexibility! 


REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP

NHS members must:
  • Maintain a 3.5 unweighted GPA or higher
  • Be an excellent school citizen (no involvement in a Category 5 or 6 violation that results in 3 or more days of suspension)
  • Volunteer at school activities such as Open House, and High School Investigation Day and Graduation when appropriate
  • Active participation in school activities
  • Provide a minimum of 15 hours of documented tutoring at Von Steuben during the school year
  • Complete a minimum of 20 hours of service learning through NHS service projects or community
  • Lead at least one service activity or project open to all members
  • Be present and on-time to NHS meetings
  • Participate in special meetings and activities required for membership, such as those relating to Blood Drive training, Induction Ceremony, etc.

DISMISSAL

NHS members who fail to meet the requirements for membership will be notified, placed on probation and a dismissal hearing will be scheduled.*

NHS members involved in a Category 5 or 6 violations resulting in 3 or more days of suspension automatically revoke their membership.*

*There is no right to membership. It is a privilege bestowed upon a student by the faculty of the school.” -- National Honor Society Handbook (2010)


SPONSORS

Ms. Bridgid Albers (btitley@cps.edu)
Mr. Joseph Trpkosh (jbtrpkosh@cps.edu)


2019-2020 NHS OFFICERS

President:  Fatoumata Dioubate
Vice President:  Braulio Puente
Activities Director:  Emily Saluga
Secretary:  Brandon Banh