NHSNational Honor Society


Purpose

The purpose of the Springbrook chapter of the National Honor Society is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in all students at Springbrook High School.

Membership

Membership in the National Honor Society is based upon outstanding scholarship (3.5 or greater unweighted GPA or 4.0 or greater weighted GPA), strong leadership, active school and/or community service, and exemplary character (to be recognized by the Springbrook staff as an honest, trustworthy, dependable person).

Selection

Members are selected by a faculty committee. Eleventh and twelfth grade students who believe themselves eligible for committee consideration are invited to supply the following supporting data for selection.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

 
Scholarship: determined by the computation of your cumulative grade point average since ninth grade. Eligibility standard is 3.5 (or greater) unweighted or 4.0 (or greater) weighted for all student applicants.
Leadership: includes, but not limited to, elected or appointed positions held in school and/or in the community groups.
Service: service activities within the school and/or community, since 9th grade. The service expectation is beyond the minimum 60 required hours.
Character: recognized by the total Springbrook staff as a citizen who is:
  • Honest:Helps peers, but does not copy homework or permit others to copy work
    • Does not take credit for others' work either in group projects or in writing
     
  • Trustworthy
    • Does not lie in order to protect self or friends
     
  • Dependable
    • Is normally present on exam days as well as days when projects are due
     
  • Responsible
    • Demonstrates initiative to meet school and personal obligations, such as making-up missed assignments and exams.
     
  • Shows respect to teachers and other students
  • Creates a positive atmosphere at school
 

Procedure for Applying to Springbrook's NHS Chapter

 
Your application must include ALL of the items requested below (please type, do not hand write). Remember, you are pulling together information to be presented to a selection committee. Be complete. No materials will be returned, so do not submit items of value (copies are acceptable).
  1. Use the Cover Sheet to present your given name (legal name as it appears on your birth certificate), your own email address that you actually check, your parents/guardians' names, home address(es), email addresses, and at least one phone number for your family.
  2. Use the Leadership form to list school activities in which you have held a leadership role (chairperson, captain, or other organizing role) and estimate the total amount of out-of-school time you feel each has taken.
  3. Use the Service form provided to list any special service programs in which you have participated outside of school (these can be the same types of community service you have done for your service learning hours). Provide name of contact person to verify participation.
  4. In two-to-three pages, typed, and double-spaced, explain why you think the selection committee should admit you into this acclaimed organization. Explain how you have demonstrated leadership in at least one organization; if you have not had much leadership experience, please discuss what you plan to contribute to NHS in this area. You might include such characteristics of leadership as initiative, motivation of others, management of group dynamics, planning and organization. Next, identify at least two examples where you demonstrated good character either in or outside of high school. In the second part of the essay, discuss your vision for NHS within the coming year based on your understanding of the purpose of the organization. Keep in mind, this essay will help the committee members gain a sense of who you are and what you will do to make NHS more successful at SHS.