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Selection Procedures
Edgewood High School NHS Selection Procedure

Requirements for consideration:

1. Selection to NHS is a privilege bestowed upon students by the Faculty of the school, and not considered a right inherent to any student. Technically, students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society. Instead, they await a request or invitation to provide information to be used by the local selection committee to support their candidacy for membership.
Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council in each school on the condition of their having met the standards for selection established at the local level and based on the provisions of the national constitution.

2. NHS is more than an honor roll. Each member must demonstrate not only good grades/Scholarship, but also strength in each of the remaining three criteria, Character, Service, and Leadership. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance.

3. As the first step in the process, students’ academic records are reviewed to determine those individuals who are scholastically eligible for membership.
Minimum cumulative g.p.a. for those who graduate by 2017 is 3.25 based on Spring semester averages from the sophomore and/or junior years. The candidate must have been enrolled at Edgewood High School the entire Spring semester. This minimum g.p.a must be maintained.
Minimum cumulative g.p.a. for those who graduate after 2017 is 3.5 based on Spring semester averages from the sophomore and/or junior years. The candidate must have been enrolled at Edgewood High School the entire Spring semester. This minimum g.p.a must be maintained.


4. Complete a Candidate Information form- which includes:
*Leadership Roles Essay—All elected or appointed leadership positions or other positions of responsibility held in school, community, or work activities. Only those positions in which the candidate was responsible for directing or motivating others should be included (e.g., elected officer for the student body, class, or club; committee chairperson; team captain; newspaper editor; work area manager; band section leader; or other community leader
Service Activities—Service activities in which the candidate has participated. These can be individual or group service projects done either in or out of school. Generally, service activities are those that are done for or on behalf of others (not including immediate family members) for which no compensation (monetary or otherwise) including a list of the estimated number of hours the candidate invested while performing this service.
   * Note-The Selection committee requires a minimum of 20 hours for selection. If selected, 20 hours of documented service hours are required each year of membership.
*Other Student Activities—All other school-based activities in which you have participated in school. Include clubs, teams, musical groups, etc., and any significant accomplishments in each. .
*Other Community Activities—Other community activities in which the candidate has participated and any major accomplishment in each. These should be any activities outside of school in which the candidate participated for the betterment of his/her community (e.g., religious groups, clubs sponsored outside the school, Boy or Girl Scouts, community art endeavors, etc.).
*Work Experience, Recognition, and Awards—Though not a specific criterion for membership, a list of any job experiences, honors, or recognition that the candidate has received that support his/her candidacy for membership in the Honor Society. Work experience may be paid or volunteer.

5. Teacher Input Questionnaires that include information about aspects of Service,
Leadership, and Character.

 *The student who exhibits good service by: Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance, Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities, Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service, Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students

 *The student who exercises leadership in the classroom:  Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions. Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities, Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals, Contributes ideas that improve civic life of the school, Exemplifies positive attitudes, Inspires positive behavior in others, Demonstrates academic initiative, Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted, Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain loyal school attitude  

 *The student of character: Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously, Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability), Upholds principles of morality and ethics, Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc., Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability, Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, Observes instructions and rules, is punctual in attendance, and         meeting deadlines, Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies, Manifests truthfulness in every situation, Avoids cheating    

6. The Faculty Council will Review, deliberate. The Faculty Council shall review the Candidate Forms, faculty evaluations and other relevant information to determine those who fully meet the selection criteria for membership. The Faculty Council of the chapter selects students who demonstrate outstanding performance in all four criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

7. The Faculty Council will vote
The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council which consists of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter adviser shall be the sixth, nonvoting, exofficio member of the Faculty Council. Candidates will be notified of selection and the induction ceremony schedule. Those not selected will be notified and given suggestions on areas that need improvement for possible candidacy the following school year if the minimum gpa is still maintained.

8. Membership is a privilege, not a right.

Adopted 10/2014 
 

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