National Junior Honor Society

What is National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society activities. NHS and NJHS 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. (Taken from https://www.njhs.us/about-us.asps. Accessed on 11/30/2015

Who is eligible for NJHS?

At SCMS, in accordance with national standards set by NJHS, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship. That means, students in 8th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of their 7th grade year, will receive an invitation to fill out an application and obtain teacher recommendations. Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on his/her cumulative GPA (scholarship), he/she will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.

Who chooses inductees into the NJHS?

After students fill out an application and the required recommendation forms from teachers and/or other adults, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by our Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is an anonymous group of faculty members who make final decisions about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS. The Faculty Council also serves as the group who determines if a student should be dismissed because of a failure to meet expectations in one of the five areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, or Citizenship.

What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?

Scholarship: Students who, at the end of their 7th grade year, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), as established by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.

Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U.S. form of government (a representative democracy); respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs. (Taken from https://www.njhs.us. Accessed on 11/30/2015)

If I'm a 7th grader, what can I do to become a better candidate for NJHS in 8th grade?

One of the best things you can do as a 7th grader is to have really strong grades! Also, becoming involved in school clubs and activities, following all school rules, and being a great role model for other students will give you strong teacher recommendations. In addition, outside of school, you can begin to track community service hours (work in which you don't receive some kind of pay) in order to strengthen your application.

What do you do in NJHS?

The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and do service. We meet once a month and discuss our service opportunities and/or participate in team building efforts. Other than that, the activities are up to the NJHS members.

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