National Honor Society
National Honor Society Information
Lynn Knight Chapter
J. L. Mann High School
160 Fairforest Way
Greenville, SC 29607
National Honor Society was established in 1929. Four main purposes 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." (from the NHS Constitution) These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the above mentioned areas. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning. It is important to understand that simply having a high grade point average does not mean that you qualify as a member of NHS.
Election to membership in the National Honor Society represents the highest honor and trust that can be bestowed upon a student in the junior or senior year of high school. The National Honor Society recognizes students for outstanding SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, and CHARACTER. Membership in the society is indicative that the student has attained and is demonstrating and promoting all of these qualities, and is exerting an effort to improve conditions in the school and community.
Meeting the grade point average requirement of 3.5 unweighted is not the sole criteria for acceptance into the National Honor Society. Evidence that you meet the qualifications of SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, and CHARACTER as well as at least a grade point average of 3.5 is necessary to be eligible for membership.
Membership in the Lynn Knight chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for its benefits.
Selection of New Members
- To be eligible for membership, the student must be a member of the junior or senior class. A student must have been in attendance at the school for an equivalent of one semester. The faculty council in consultation with the principal may waive this requirement.
- A student must have earned an unweighted cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.
- The candidate shall then be evaluated based on outstanding character, leadership, and service. Candidates are to submit supporting information for this evaluation (this will be available when invitations are sent out).
- The selection of members to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council based on the criteria detailed on the next page.
- The chapter advisor will review the selection results with the principal before notifying any candidates. The National Council of the National Honor Society and the NASSP shall not review the judgment of the faculty council regarding the selection of individual members to local chapters.
Invitations will go out on Monday, September 25
Applications are due Monday, October 9 before 3:50 pm in Mr. Bowen’s room 813
The student who exercises LEADERSHIP:
- Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
- Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities
- Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals
- Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
- Is able to delegate responsibilities
- Exemplifies positive attitudes
- Inspires positive behavior in others
- Demonstrates academic initiative
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibilities, conducting business efficiently and effectively, and without prodding, demonstrates reliability and dependability
- Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities
- Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
The student who SERVES:
- Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude
- Participates in some outside activity (examples: girl scouts, boy scouts, church groups, volunteer service for the aged, poor or disadvantaged, etc.)
- Volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
- Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
- Does committee and staff work uncomplainingly
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students
The student of CHARACTER:
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendation graciously
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities or behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, and 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
- Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
- Observes instruction and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom
- Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
- Maintains truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
- Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences or environment