Totino-Grace NHS Requirements
Academic: you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher to remain a member of NHS
Character: you must exhibit the highest level of integrity and honor in academics and in activities
Leadership: you must present yourself as a leader worthy of leading – be active, be involved, participate
Service: you must present yourself as actively involved in service
Two additional requirements for maintaining membership:
• SERVICE: You must be present at these events – 1 Open House + Winter Place Auction + Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner + Eight (8) additional hours with Lasallian Youth. Service needs to be filtered through our campus ministry, and a minimum of 2 sites are required. Gold slips need to be filled out to verify service hours. These are obtained from Mrs. Ballard.
• ATTENDANCE: April Induction ceremony + Four (4) 6:45 am NHS meetings are required. Medical or family emergencies not withstanding, attendance at every meting is mandatory. Students who believe they are exceptions to this requirement must see an advisor before he meeting to make alternative arrangements.
Candidate Selection Process
Junior students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher at the end of first semester are eligible for membership in NHS. Shortly after first semester grades are calculated, eligible students will receive a letter regarding NHS membership.
Besides scholarship, three other areas are central to NHS membership: character, leadership, and service. Eligible students will be responsible for obtaining verification of their achievement in these three areas. Listed below are the guidelines for submitting an application for membership in NHS at Totino-Grace.
1.) APPLICATION ESSAY:
Using specific examples, illustrations, or reasons, students eligible for NHS will describe their qualifications in all four areas.
CONTENT: Writing in the first person (I/me), students will introduce themselves and write a clear, coherent essay, describing their achievement in each area.
LENGTH: The essay will be 250-500 words.
SUBMISSION: The typed, double-spaced essay, with student name a the top, should be attached to the Signature Sheet.
2.) SIGNATURE SHEET
Using the form provided by NHS, a coach, administrator, teacher, staff member, or other adult who knows the student will confirm the statements in the student essay. The signature verifies that the person signing has read the essay and has personal knowledge of the student’s qualification in a specific area.
• The person signing may not be a parent or guardian
• If outside the TG community, the person signing should list title or relation to the student, as well as a phone number where he/she can be reached.
3.) STUDENT INFORMATION FORM
Using blue or black pen, candidates will print the required information.
The NHS Faculty Council, made up of TG faculty and staff will review the three documents each student submits. Using criteria in National Honor Society Handbook, 15th ed., the Faculty Council will make final decisions on NHS membership.
In February, students will be notified of their 3.6 cumulative average and invited to apply for membership.
To be considered for NHS, students must meet the deadline for turning in all three (3) documents.
The 2009-2010 deadline is Friday, February 26th, 2010.
Any eligible junior who applies to NHS but is not accepted may reapply in the fall of his/her senior year. The deadline for reapplication will be the last Friday of September. Only those seniors who were eligible at the end of first semester their junior year and applied for membership but were not accepted may reapply in the fall.