National Junior Honor Society
In order to qualify for acceptance into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), a student must meet all of the five-point criteria, as outlined in detail below.
First and foremost, students are to hold a strong academic record. Such is evaluated after the conclusion of the second trimester. The majority of student grades must be 4’s and 5’s. This includes main academic subjects and all specials. Students may have no more than two 3’s as cumulative averages. A student who is considered may not have any 1’s or 2’s across the board.
A preliminary list of candidates will be drawn up by the NJHS committee at the beginning of the third trimester. Those students who meet the scholarship requirements will be invited to submit a formal application delineating the remaining components, as outlined below. After detailed review, the committee will vote on whether admittance should be granted to each candidate.
Students are 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.
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.
Traits of leadership should be evident on a consistent basis. Examples of such 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.
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.
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. Such could include, but is not limited to, a pastor, youth leader, scout master, coach, or club director.