Norwich High School Chapter of National Honor Society 

National Honor Society, Character, Scholarship, Leadership, Service

National Honor Society (NHS) was formed in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Sophomores and juniors who earn a 3.7 or higher GPA are eligible to apply for membership.

Application Requirements:
  • Character:
    • Personal character essay
    • Faculty ratings regarding leadership, service and character displayed in the classroom
  • Scholarship:
    • 3.7 minimum GPA
    • Sophomore or junior classification
  • Leadership:
    • Active involvement in school and/or community organizations
    • Proof of leadership roles in school and/or community organizations
  • Service:
    • 20+ hours of documented service to the school and/or community
      • Lions Quest projects are limited to 5 of the 20 hours; this encourages an intrinsic motivation for service to others
    • Personal reflection

The application must be completed IN ITS ENTIRETY, or the application is null.

Selection Process:

Please note, completing the application process does NOT guarantee membership. While a non-selected student may request a meeting with the principal and sponsor, the decision of the faculty council will stand.

The faculty council, which consists of five Norwich School faculty members, will evaluate the application to determine eligibility. A rubric is used to score each of the four components described above. In order to be offered membership, a minimum score of twelve out of sixteen points must be earned, and each category must contain a minimum score of two points. Finally, a majority of the faculty council must vote the candidate into the organization for membership.

Membership Requirements:

  • Mandatory attendance at the annual induction ceremony
  • Maintain 3.5+ GPA throughout high school
  • Complete additional community service activities with the chapter
  • Document 20 hours of community service hours annually
  • Pay small annual dues

Benefits of National Honor Society:

  • Recognition of excellence
  • Build leadership skills
  • Network with other goal-oriented individuals
  • Enhance your college and career portfolio
  • Additional scholarship opportunities as a senior
  • Cords or stole for special recognition at graduation

For more information: http://www.nhs.us/