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Qualities of NHS Members

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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

Steps to Selection

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Per the NHS National Handbook, only those students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year will be considered for selection.

According to IHS Chapter by-laws, the following process is utilized:

  1. During the first semester of the current school year, the counselor(s) will forward a list of all students eligible for membership in the National Honor Society based on a GPA of 92.000 or above to the NHS advisors.

  2. Grades below 92.000 will not be rounded up; for example, a grade of 91.999 will not be rounded up to a 92.000.

  3. During the first semester of the current school year, candidates will be provided with a Candidate Information Packet to fill out.  This packet will require candidates to provide details on both school and community activities.  The information will include co-curricular activities, leadership positions, community activities/service projects, major accomplishments, work experience (paid or volunteer), and awards.

  4. Candidate members will be evaluated by IHS teaching staff on their character.  Staff members will only rate candidates which they have taught or worked with in school/community activities.

  5. Teacher Evaluation Forms and Candidate Information Packets will be utilized by an Administrator-designated NHS Faculty Council made up of IHS teachers (principal and advisors are non-voting members) for final review and selection.

  6. Candidates will be informed in writing of selection/non-selection status.

  7. Induction ceremony will officially confirm membership into the Ingleside High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.

All members are expected to maintain the Four Qualities - Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.  Members found to be deficient in any of these qualities will be subject to probation and/or dismissal as decided by the Faculty Council.

***Once candidates have been inducted and achieved membership status:

Membership will automatically continue annually with maintenance of a GPA of 90.000 or above (verified each reporting period), payment of dues and with the submission of thirty hours of community service each year.  Summer service hours count towards the upcoming school year.

Guidelines for Service Hours

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What does it mean to volunteer?

Volunteer service is a helpful act that contributes to the welfare of others.  It is performed without pay for non-profit organizations that rely heavily on volunteers for its success.  Community service hours are hours which directly benefits either (1) people experiencing poverty, discrimination, abuse, poor health, old age, and/or physical-mental limitations or (2) the protection of animals or the environment for which an individual does not receive financial compensation.

What are the service guidelines for membership in the National Honor Society?

Membership in the IHS chapter of the NHS requires that students earn 30 hours of community service each year (15 hours for new members during induction year).

  • All service hours must be recorded on the service record form that can be obtained from the NHS Advisors.

  • Members may begin to earn hours during the summer.  Fifteen (15) hours may be counted to yearly requirement.

  • Service hours completed in one month must be submitted before the 10th of the following month - for example, service completed in September must be submitted by October 10th

 What does the National Honor Society count as volunteer service?

The National Honor Society requires students to volunteer for organizations that rely heavily on volunteers for its success. We encourage students to choose non-profit organizations that they would like to serve throughout the school year.  ALL HOURS MUST BE EARNED AND SUPERVISED BY THE ORGANIZATION or ACTIVITY COORDINATOR. Also, the coordinator must sign the service from to verify hours.  (Certificates of Participation are allowed if submitted with application.)

These hours will count toward the requirement:

Volunteering for a nonprofit organization such as American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Salvation Army, Goodwill, March of Dimes, SPCA

Tutoring/mentoring - only arranged and verified through NHS Advisors; must be completed outside of regular school hours

Church or youth group activities that benefit the community - for example, your youth group helps with a Special Olympics bowling tournament

Club activities that perform a service for a community organization - for example, working with Student Council to put together food baskets for Thanksgiving

Volunteering at a hospital/nursing home

Donating blood to the American Red Cross will count as 1 hour per donation

Coaching of youth sports

Any activity approved through the NHS Advisors


What does NOT count toward the NHS Service requirement?

Student managing (varsity basketball manager)

Volunteering for a class - for example, Junior Achievement, you earn credit for the class

Involvement in school/community/church musicals or plays

Helping family, friends, or neighbors.  Chores, cutting the lawn, running errands, babysitting are considered an obligation as a friend or family member to help out.

Club meetings/activities or band activities unless you are performing service for a community non-profit organization

Anything you are paid for

Community hours required by court or as another form of discipline

Church or youth group activities - going on a hayride DOES NOT COUNT…. Having a carwash with your youth group to raise money for Special Olympics DOES COUNT

Working at your job for free

Campaign efforts for candidates - this is a civic duty

Working at a profit making business for free… companies do not rely on volunteers for success!!

Babysitting for a neighbor, daycare or at a church

Any type of performances required for class/credit

Helping out at church - teaching classes, playing music, etc.  It is your obligation to be a good church member and do these tasks.

In all cases, volunteers receive a maximum of 8 hours credit for any 24-hour period of service, and a maximum of 45 hours credit for any 7-day period. Time for travel to and from a service site or time sleeping overnight at a service site does not earn service credit.

Parents cannot sign for their children. If the event is not a school sponsored activity, then a letter on the organization’s letterhead documenting the service should be acquired.

If you have an activity or event that is not listed on this document, you MUST ask an advisor if those hours will count!!  See NHS Advisors for any clarifications!!!