National Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society

In order to qualify for acceptance into the National Junior Honor Society-Maria Regina Chapter (NJHS), a student must meet the five-point criteria, as outlined in detail below.

Scholarship   First and foremost, students are to hold a strong academic record.  The student's overall average, which includes main academic subjects and specials, is to be at least an 85%.  The majority of student grades should be 4’s and 5’s.  A student may not have any 1’s across the board.

Service  Students are expected to volunteer and help out both in school and in the community without any compensation.  In school, a faculty member must vouch for the specific service and the amount of time dedicated to such.  In the community, the overseer of an activity should be detailed as to the service and number of days/hours.  Students are to have at least 10 accredited school service hours and at least 15 accredited community service hours.  This must be documented in writing and signed by the recipient of service.  

In addition, the student is expected to have a face-to-face meeting with their pastor/priest who can then lend support to service in their respective parish.

Students must obtain any signatures or recommendations on their own not through a parent or guardian.

Leadership  Traits of leadership should be evident on a consistent basis.  Examples of leadership include being resourceful in groups, demonstrating problem-solving abilities, organizing events in school and/or the community.  Faculty, family members, community leaders, and peers should attest to the qualities of leadership. 

Character   The student should be described as a genuine and respectful individual.  He or she should, on a consistent basis, display maturity, honesty, reliability, and integrity.  The student is expected to have a good disciplinary record, both inside and outside of school.  A student who has three or more behavioral demerits will not be considered. 

Citizenship   To be a good citizen means to understand, appreciate, and act in accordance with all freedoms and justices.  Laws, both on a local and national level, are to be constantly abided by.  Adults should vouch for the student as one who demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in school/community organizations, such as scouts, church groups, sports teams, and other extracurricular activities.

NOTE: At least two formal letters outlining student credentials and exemplifying the above attributes should be submitted with the application.  One should be from a family member who has been in close contact with the student for at least the last two years.  Another should be from a non-familial community member who has overseen the student in various activities.  Examples of acceptable community members include, but is not limited to: a pastor, youth leader, scout master, coach, or club director.