REQUIREMENTS FOR NHS
National Honor Society (NHS) at WPHS is for JUNIORS and SENIORS only.
We do not currently have an honor society for underclassmen.
All students involved in NHS must complete a minimum of 60 community service hours per year. Please read below for a complete description of how "a year" is measured by NHS at WPHS.
“Service” will be defined as an activity that directly benefits someone besides yourself or an organization in need of volunteers
If you are applying to NHS as a JUNIOR
NHS will count hours for community service from July 1 of the summer before junior year starts until the end of March. So, for NHS purposes, the phrase "first year" will be defined as the time period beginning from July 1 of before your junior year, and your "second year" will be defined as hours that have accumulated from April 1 of your junior year to the end of march in your SENIOR YEAR.
You do not need to re-apply to stay in NHS for your senior year.
If you are applying to NHS as a SENIOR
NHS will count hours for community service from July 1 of the summer before seior year starts until the end of March.
Reqirements for NHS:
Scholarship: Maintain a GPA of 3.700. We check GPAs twice a year.
Leadership: Take an active role in your school. Become an officer for a club or activity. Take an active part in NHS. Although it is not necessary to hold an officer position to be a leader, leadership is an important quality! There should be evidence that the student has taken the initiative in class and school activities, has striven to train and aid others to attain the same objective, and has been willing to sacrifice personal interests for the interest of others.
Character: This is probably the most difficult criterion to define. A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. The student of character takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously; consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability); upholds principles of morality and ethics; cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.; demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability; observes rules and instructions, is punctual, both inside and outside the classroom, manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and also avoids profiting by mistakes of others. WE TAKE THE WORD HONOR VERY SERIOUSLY. We will periodically check in with your teachers to make sure that there are no allegations of plagiarism, cheating, dishonest, or poor character.
Service: A willingness to consistently volunteer his/her time and abilities to help others, without monetary compensation or public recognition, should be shown by the student both in everyday routine work and special situations. Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done on behalf of others without direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.