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National Honor Society. The National honor Society is an organization founded to honor student who have excelled in areas of leadership, scholarship, service, and character.Students applying for membership in National Honor Society cannot be discriminated against because of race, gender, ethnicity

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1. National Honor Society Morris Knolls High School Spring 2011 Ms. Beck Morris Knolls NHS Advisor

2. National Honor Society The National honor Society is an organization founded to honor student who have excelled in areas of leadership, scholarship, service, and character. Students applying for membership in National Honor Society cannot be discriminated against because of race, gender, ethnicity, political persuasion, socioeconomic background, disability, rumor or any other characteristic unrelated to the criteria for selection of National Honor Society.

3. Guidelines

4. Scholarship Guidelines A student attained a 90% (or better) average, which was not rounded.

5. Character Guidelines Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability) Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc. Demonstrates highest standards of honesty and reliability shows courtesy, concern and respect for others Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences or environment Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness in obligation both inside and outside of the classroom (without instances of school/civic infractions) Manifests truthfulness in acknowledge obedience of rules, avoiding cheating in written work and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistake of others (no discipline file, suspensions, or criminal record)

6. Leadership Guidelines Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles and making suggestions Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities, exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals, organizes and motivates peers to achieve a common goal Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school Is able to delegate responsibilities Exemplifies positive qualities and inspires positive behavior in others Demonstrates academic initiative and displays leadership in classroom, at work, and in school activities Successfully holds school offices/positions of responsibility, conducts business efficiently and effectively, and is reliable and dependable without prodding Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility he/she accepts

7. Download, Complete & Print the Application

8. Completing the Application Page 1-2: Applicant Information & Signature Fill in all pertinent information Name, Student ID, Email Address, and Phone Number Review National Honor Society Selection Guidelines and Membership Responsibilities Complete required signatures Parent/Guardian and Student Applicant Print name as you wish it to appear on Membership Certificate.

9. Completing the Application Page 3: Character Reference Form Complete and submit with a minimum of two signatures from teachers that support your application. You may submit more than one form. Family members, coaches, and club advisors are not eligible as a reference.

10. Completing the Application Page 4: Out-of-School Activity & Leadership Role Form All service and leadership hours are those accrued commencing with freshmen year of high school. Service to the community is a requirement to be considered for acceptance into National Honor Society. Each service activity must have the sponsors signature to verify your participation, which is someone outside of MK, unless the activity is a community-service organization, like Key Club, Interact, and Leo Club. Service activities that do not bear a sponsors signature will not be considered. Family members are not eligible for references. List all elected or appointed leadership positions held within the community and/or work activities. Copy and complete form as needed.

11. Completing the Application Page 5: In-School Activity & Leadership Role Form All service and leadership hours are those accrued commencing with freshmen year of high school. Service to school is a requirement to be considered for acceptance into National Honor Society. Each service activity must have a MK representative signature to verify your participation. Service activities that do not bear a MK representative signature will not be considered. Family members are not eligible for references. List all elected/appointed leadership positions held in school. Do not list academic recognition; this does not constitute service. Copy and complete form as needed.

12. Completing the Application Page 6: Application Essay Construct a 500 word essay explaining why you are a great candidate for National Honor Society. Do not state your name in your letter. Provide information that you feel was not addressed on the Out-of-School/In-School Service and Leadership Role Form but is important to your submission. This essay of clarification may contain information on any aspect of your background such as family hardships, school transfers that may have limited your involvements in school or community activities/services, or may be used to further clarify how you meet the National Honor Society criteria of Service, Character, and Leadership.

13. Compiling Your Application Make two (2) copies of the completed application: Include all six (6) forms Submit one copy for review and one copy for your records Note: Applications are destroyed once reviewed by the NHS Faculty Council. You are to place your application in a manila folder or a large envelope with your name and student ID printed in the upper left corner. Please do not staple, bend, or fold your application.

14. Important Dates Application Due Friday, February 25 to Ms. Schweizer by 2:30 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications Reviewed by Faculty Council Week of March 7 Acceptance/Rejection Letter Mailed on or about Monday, March 14 If you have questions please see your Guidance Counselor. Deadline for Appeals Monday, March 21 If you wish to appeal your application please make sure that you have spoken with your Guidance Counselor, then draft a letter of appeal to Mr. Cleffi stating your reason for appeal and submit to Ms. Schweizer.

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