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National Honor Society

The National Honor Society was established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 1921, with the purpose to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Four main pillars have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.  These pillars also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter. 

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Cynthia Chin
NHS Selection Committee Chair 

Judy Gump
NHS Chapter Advisor

Invitation, Selection & Induction Process

Please be aware of the criteria for Spring 2022 admission to the Madison East HS Chapter of the National Honor Society.  These are NOT the same as the Spring 2021 criteria, which were significantly modified to reflect the pandemic-related restrictions on community activity during the 2020-2021 school year. It is likely that there will be at least one future adjustment for the Spring of 2023, pending broader community and school district safety & operational decisions. We list the proposed (higher) standards for the Spring of 2024 so that students will know the direction that requirements are moving relative to the reduced criteria that are being applied in the years most directly affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Selection Criteria Proposed Spring 2024 Spring 2022

  Cumulative GPA

  3.5 or above

  3.5 or above

  Extra Curricular Activity            

  2 or more school-based extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, etc.) during HS career, with at least one in each of years 10,11,(12) or at least 2 in each of years 11, (12)

  1 or more school-based extracurricular activity in at least one of grades  9,10,11, or 12

  Volunteer Service Hours
  (independently verified)

  45 or more hours, dating from summer after 8th grade and no later than the hours verification deadline.
  At least 10 hours of the 45 in direct service to the school. (ex. 1 hour a week of tutoring, for 1 quarter)

  30 or more hours, dating from the summer after 8th grade and no later than March 1, 2022

  Faculty Rating Score

  Average of 3.5 or above on a 5-point scale

  (Only faculty who know the student personally may complete ratings.)

  Average of 3.5 or above on a 5-point scale

  (Only faculty who know the student personally may complete ratings.) 

Invitations to the East High School chapter of the National Honor Society

Juniors or Seniors who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above at the end of their first semester will receive an invitation via email to apply to NHS. (Seniors who are already members do NOT need this invitation.)  Invitations will be emailed to students after the first semester grades have been posted.  Receiving an invitation does not guarantee admittance; during the course of the complete application process, interested students must demonstrate that all criteria noted above have been met.

Application Deadline

All students who apply to NHS must have at least the minimum number of service hours completed and properly documented, a complete application (follow STEP ONE and STEP TWO below) and faculty evaluations on file by Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Students are not responsible for collecting faculty evaluations, but they may assist in encouraging teachers to participate in the school-wide collection of these ratings.

Qualifying Volunteer Hours Information

A minimum of 30 documented service hours is required for application to East’s chapter of  NHS for the Spring of 2022.   It is the student’s  responsibility to see that community service student and supervisor forms are completed on time. Please note that, although NHS acknowledges the educational and community value of all students’  extracurricular commitments, time spent in activities which result in direct material benefit to the student can not be counted as community service. (For example, hours at a paid summer internship, or  time spent fundraising for a trip that students will be taking themselves will not count. Programs which raise general funds in addition to student support funds may receive either full or partial hour allowances and are considered on a case-by-case basis via direct communication between the NHS selection committee and program supervisors. ) Under no circumstances can a close relative (parent/guardian/grandparent/aunt/uncle etc.) provide a signature for verification of community service. 

Volunteer Hours Verification Process

STEP ONE: Students should fill out the NHS Service Hours Spring 2022 - STUDENT FORM for each separate organization they volunteered for.

STEP TWO: Students should then provide the supervisor of each separate organization they volunteered for with the link to the NHS Service Hours Spring 2022 - SUPERVISOR VERIFICATION FORM (to copy the link, hover over the name of form, then right click and copy the link, paste the link into an email to the supervisor)


If selected by the faculty committee for induction, students will be invited to participate in the induction ceremony in May.  The format of this ceremony is yet to be determined due to COVID.  Once inducted, National Honor Society members will be expected to attend meetings throughout the school year, complete NHS sponsored service projects and adhere to the written National Honor Society Code of Conduct.