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.
SPRING 2023 INDUCTEES
Congratulations to the Spring 2023 Madison East High School National Honor Society Inductees!
Maryangeliz Acosta Mass
Jessica Ceballos de Santiago
Michelle Cruz Vieyra
Leonardo Herrera Perez
Grace Ly Tong Pao
Invitation, Selection & Induction Process
Please be aware that criteria for Spring 2024 admission to the Madison East HS Chapter of the National Honor Society do not exactly match the criteria from the previous year. They reflect continuing, incremental changes as part of building back from pandemic-related disruptions in 2020 and 2021.
|Selection Criteria||Spring 2024|
3.5 or above
Extra Curricular Activity
|3 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)|
Volunteer Service Hours
45 or more hours, dating from June 15th after 8th grade and no later than March 1st of application year (11th or 12th grade). At least 10 of the 45 hours must be in direct service to the school/student body. Examples: peer tutoring, teaching assistant, childcare during parent meetings, presenting at school assemblies, school beautification efforts, construction-related classroom set-up/takedown, etc.
Faculty Rating Score
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.
NOTE: Membership in the National Honor Society DOES NOT COST ANYTHING. There are similarly-named private organizations which often contact high-achieving students and offer "membership" or listing on some form of "honor roll" in exchange for payment of a fee. Students and families may make their own decisions about these offers, but we wish to make it clear that any honor society invitation which requires a membership fee is NOT coming from East High School.
Application Deadline & Materials
All students who apply to NHS must have ALL of the following completed by March 1 of the Selection Year, at 4:00 p.m.
- At least the minimum number of service hours completed and properly documented (follow STEP ONE and STEP TWO of Volunteer Hours Verification Process below)
- NHS Student Application-- Google Form --these are lists of activities and brief personal statements separate from the Volunteer Hours documentation. The link to this application is emailed directly to all eligible students in late January or early February. You do NOT need to request the application.
- NHS Faculty Evaluations--Students are not responsible for individually obtaining faculty evaluations, but they are welcome to personally encourage teachers from grades 9-11 (or 12) who are familiar with their work to participate in the school-wide NHS Faculty Survey
Qualifying Volunteer Hours Information
A minimum of 45 documented service hours is required for application to East’s chapter of NHS. 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 --either in the form of financial benefit or credit towards graduation-- 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. NHS is phasing out acceptance of all hours which have previously posed ambiguous questions of self-interest. Specifically, hours spent fundraising for ANY East High club, sport, or other organization will only be counted as 50% time for Spring 2024 NHS applicants, and will NOT BE COUNTED at all for Spring 2025 applicants, unless they were previously accepted as part of a 2024 application.) 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 2023 - 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 2023 - 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)
Induction & Maintaining Membership Status
If selected by the faculty committee for induction, students will be invited to participate in an annual late spring Induction Ceremony. Once inducted, National Honor Society members will be expected to attend meetings for the remainder of their high school career, complete NHS sponsored service projects and adhere to the written National Honor Society Code of Conduct.
NHS meetings have traditionally been scheduled only once a month, as members typically are active with other student organizations on a weekly basis.