National Honor Society

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school and students.

More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of NHS.  NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Chartered in 2019, the LEAD chapter of National Honor Society works to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in high school students.  

ADVISER
Ms. Melanie Farber
farberm@parkhill.k12.mo.us


2020-21 OFFICERS
PRESIDENT:  Emma Moore
VICE PRESIDENT:  Cassandra Paczosa
SECRETARY: Kaelyn Minor
TREASURER:  Madeline Wolford
HISTORIAN: Angelo Peto

TIME COMMITMENT
Members must attend meetings once a month and participate in group service activities. Specifically, members are required to perform minimum of five (5) hours of community service per active semester for a total of twenty (20) hours following the time of induction.  Out of the twenty (20) overall hours, members must complete a total of six (6) hours of NHS-sponsored service activities. Members are required to organize and carry out at least one service event for the chapter and take part in social and professional opportunities as applicable.

REQUIREMENTS FOR INITIAL MEMBERSHIP CONSIDERATION:

To be eligible to join, you must:

  • be a sixth-semester junior or eighth semester senior;
  • have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA;
  • have been active in two (2) school sponsored clubs, teams, or organizations during Grades 10, 11, and/or 12;
  • provide proof of twenty (20) qualifying community service hours that take place between June 1st following the freshman year up through the time of application submission
  • have taken on leadership positions within school or outside organizations;
  • have maintained strong attendance; and
  • have received a satisfactory faculty and staff evaluation of character.  

Applications are reviewed at depth by our NHS Faculty Committee, who make the ultimate selection of members.  All applicants will be notified whether or not they are selected roughly one week prior to the Induction Ceremony.

Note: Students will be responsible for tracking their own service hours and organization memberships, submitted documents to the faculty sponsor with the final application only.

REQUIREMENTS FOR INDUCTED MEMBERS
Active members are responsible for attending all meetings and maintaining a 3.5 GPA and strong character record.  They must also perform a minimum of twenty (20) additional service hours while serving as an active member.  At minimum, five (5) qualifying hours completed after the student's induction date and an announced summer deadline must be submitted; five (5) additional hours must be completed and submitted by the winter deadline; five (5) additional hours must be completed and submitted by the spring deadline.  Of the twenty (20) total active hours, at least six (6) hours must be completed with NHS-sponsored service activities.  Active members, please refer to your bylaws for more specific information.  Should a member not meet the expectations set forth by the bylaws, their membership will be reviewed by the Faculty Council for potential probation or dismissal from the organization. Students on probation or dismissed at the end of the year will not be allowed to wear NHS honor stoles at the PHS Commencement Ceremony.

FORMS

 

JUNIORS AND SENIORS INTERESTED IN APPLYING
Juniors and Seniors with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA will be sent an email by the end of November 2020 encouraging them to apply.  All prospective members MUST attend one (1) of the mandatory informational meetings provided, at which time an application will be checked out to the interested applicant. The process requires effort and planning, so we advise to attend a meeting as soon as possible. Dates and locations will be announced on Schoology, via email, or in the LEAD Newsletter.


We encourage all prospective or future applicants or those eligible for collecting service to join our Remind contact loop by texting @nhs20212 to 81010.  If/when our active members have extra service spots available for non-members, we love to send out alerts to YOU! You may also contact our adviser with questions here. 

No applications will be released without having first attended a meeting. Applications will then be due back to the sponsor BY 3:00 February 3, 2021 with all elements (including service and activity verification) complete.  No late or partial applications will be accepted.

Questions? Encourage your student to seek out the adviser directly. They will be happy to walk your student through any initial advice to prepare for the application process and advise on qualifying projects. In NHS, we encourage prospective members to be self-starters from the beginning of the process onward and take charge of their own application process.

Sophomores may not yet apply, BUT they are happily encouraged to get started early on the requirements: Participate in community service. Build a strong GPA and keep a clear record with good attendance. Get involved in school organizations and take on leadership!

NEW TO COMMUNITY SERVICE?
Are you a sophomore or older student in need of advice to get started on your service hours? Here are an example selection of volunteer efforts NHS has been part of in the area:

https://www.bridgingthegap.org/volunteer/
http://kcpetproject.org/volunteer/
https://www.harvesters.org/Give-Time/Volunteer-Sign-Up
http://www.rmhckc.org/volunteering
https://www.restartinc.org/volunteer.html
https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/family_resources/pta_clothing_center
https://hillcrestplatte.org/volunteer/

When beginning, we advise finding a non-profit that supports an issue about which you are most passionate (i.e. hunger, shelter, medical needs, education, arts, animal care, environment, physical activity, etc.).  Many service opportunities can even prepare you for a future career while making an impact on your local community.  A sampling of opportunities available locally for getting involved include but are not limited to the following:

http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/volunteer
https://www.childrensmercy.org/Give_to_CMH/Volunteer/
http://www.nkch.org/community/volunteer-info/
http://www.kansascityzoo.org/node/481
http://www.yvckc.org/
https://www.volunteermatch.org/
https://www.mymcpl.org/genealogy/mgc-information/volunteers
http://www.olathelibrary.org/teens/volunteer-opportunities
https://youthsymphonykc.org/volunteer/
https://www.redcross.org/local/missouri/volunteer.html
http://www.allforgood.org/
http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/MOfoodbanks.html
http://www.kauffmancenter.org/support-us/volunteer/
https://uncoverkc.org/
https://secure.waysidewaifs.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=Volunteer_new

Whatever you select to submit for NHS admittance, do make sure that the project is within compliance of our bylaws above.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to your application!