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.
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.
What are the requirements to join NJHS?
At St. Anthony of Padua Parish School, in following with national standards set by NJHS, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship. Students in 7th or 8th grade with a GPA of 3.67 from the previous year will receive an invitation to fill out an information sheet. Students in 6th grade with a GPA of 3.67 after the first semester will then recieve an invitation to fill out an information sheet. Students will then fill out the information sheet to give examples of their accomplishments in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their GPA, does not mean they will be automatically inducted into the NJHS.
Who chooses the inductees?
After students fill out their information sheet and the required recommendation forms from teachers and/or other adults, all of their qualifications will be reviewed by the St. Anthony of Padua Parish School National Junior Honor Society Council. The 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 activities do members do in NJHS?
Activites focus on the five areas: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. Thus, students will be doing various types of service projects to work on the five main areas.
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