National Honor Society

The National Honor Society
LaGrange High School Chapter

2018-2019 Induction Ceremony
November 8, 2018
LaGrange High School auditorium
Invitations will be delivered two weeks prior.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

History

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NHS in 1921. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country’s leading educational groups.

Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: 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. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.

The Lagrange High School chapter’s qualifications for membership are based on the following four pillars of NHS:

Scholarship
Juniors- Per chapter guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in core courses, have taken 2 or more AP/PSO courses, and 2 or more Foreign Language courses.
Seniors- Per chapter guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in core courses, have taken 3 or more AP/PSO courses, and 2 or more Foreign Language Courses.

Service
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.

Leadership
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character
The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and maintains a clean disciplinary record, no ISS or OSS.

Understanding the Obligations of Membership
Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings. The chapter bylaws should articulate the yearly meeting schedule and member attendance obligations. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. Students will be required to sign commitment contract and pay dues. Contact the chapter adviser(s) to obtain a full list of the obligations of membership for the school’s chapter.

Mrs. Barrientos - barrientosaa@troup.org
Mrs. Arp - arpjt@troup.org

2018-2019 Induction Ceremony
November 8, 2018
LaGrange High School auditorium
Invitations will be delivered two weeks prior.