Four Qualities of NHS Members

According to the National Honor Society Handbook, there are four qualities of NHS members:

Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

The student of scholarship:

  • Maintains the required grade point average to stay in good standing.

A student exercises leadership when he or she:

  • 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 and spirit

  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school

  • Is able to delegate responsibilities

  • Inspires positive behavior in others

  • Demonstrates academic initiative

  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability

  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, or in other school or community activities

  • Is dependable in any responsibility accepted

A student who serves:

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, and is willing to make sacrifices to offer assistance

  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities

  • Enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school

  • Is willing to represent the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition

  • Does committee and staff work without complaint

  • Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts: religious groups; volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged

  • Mentors in the community or students at other schools

  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students

The student of character:

  • Consistently exemplifies positive and desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)

  • Cooperates by complying with all school policies and regulations and codes or student conduct

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously

  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty, academic integrity, and reliability

  • Regularly exhibits courtesy, concern, and respect for others

  • Complies with instructions and rules, and displays personal responsibility