National Honor Society


National Honor Society



What is NHS?

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established 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.  

Selection Criteria 

Juniors are evaluated in the spring of their junior year based on scholarship (GPA of 3.2 or higher-no rounding), leadership, service, and character (see criteria below).  LHS Faculty evaluate students based on observations in class, in the school, activities, sports and from student created resumes.   The NHS Faculty Council review the staff evaluations and nominates students for membership.  Students must demonstrate excellence in all four areas in order to be nominated for NHS membership.  Students will be notified by a letter in the mail when the nomination process is completed.  Students accepting nomination will be inducted in April at an Induction Ceremony Mass in the evening, followed by a reception hosted by the current NHS members.

Seniors are evaluated in the fall of their senior year, following 1st Quarter grading, based on the same criteria and procedures as the spring.

Qualities of a National Honor Society Member

(taken from the National Honor Society Handbook)

Scholarship:  Student has a Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.  (no rounding)

Leadership:  A student who exercises leadership:

• Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions.

• Promotes school activities.

• Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals.

• Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school.

• Delegates responsibilities.

• Exemplifies positive attitudes.

• Inspires positive behavior in others.

• Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.

• Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducts business efficiently and effectively.

• Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school activities.


Service:  A student who serves:

• Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized,  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 without complaint,

• Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.

• Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools. Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students.


Character: A student of character:

• Takes criticism and accepts recommendations graciously.

• Exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (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.

• Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.

• Observes instructions 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.

• Manifests truthfulness by avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.

• Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences.

• Demonstrates initiative.





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