National Honor Society

NHS Advisor
National Honor Society Advisor

The Constitution of the National Honor Society states:

The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.

Junior and senior students, who meet the initial prerequisite of a 3.5 or higher GPA, are invited to join National Honor Society each August.  Society members are students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. The Society participates in numerous service activities.‚Äč

The NHS is under the sponsorship and supervision of the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP), 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. 

How to Apply

MHS students entering their Junior or Senior year with a cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.500 or higher may apply for membership in Marquette’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Applications must be picked up during Senior and Junior Orientation (August 1st).  Look for a table in the gym with a sign that says “NHS Applications”.  Completed applications must be returned no later than August 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm. Students should begin working on the application before school starts in order to meet this deadline as no applications will be accepted after this date.

Seniors who were accepted last year as juniors are still members and do not have to re-apply.  Seniors that were not accepted as members last year should re-apply (assuming additional work has been completed that will improve their application score).   Seniors that did not apply last year are welcome to apply for the first time this year. 

While GPA is an important component of the application score there are several other areas that will be considered.  Involvement in extracurricular activities (both in and out of school), leadership and character are important factors that determine whether or not a student is admitted into NHS.

Students list their school and community involvement during high school on the application form.

Showing Consistent involvement in several MHS extracurricular activities results in a good school involvement score.  For a good community service score students must have completed significant volunteer work (50-100 hours) and provide contact information (phone number & address) of one community member that are not related to the applicant.  The references will be contacted in regards to the student’s involvement in community service projects and how the student demonstrated good leadership and character.

Each student also chooses 5  MHS faculty members as references.  Three of the faculty members must be teachers that taught the student for a minimum of 1 full semester in Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies or Foreign Language.  The remaining two faculty members can be any teacher, coach or activity sponsor that has worked with the student for a minimum of 1 full semester.  These faculty members will rate the students in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership and Character shown in the classroom or during extracurricular activities.

The student’s GPA, school involvement, community service, leadership and character scores are then all averaged to determine if they meet the minimum cutoff score.  Since the scores are averaged it is possible to reach the cutoff without scoring high in all categories, but a zero in any category is not acceptable.