Every October, Saint Paul High School inducts students into the National Honor Society. This Society is the leader among organizations that promote recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and community service. National Honor Society membership is often regarded as a valid indicator that these students will succeed in life and in studies at the post-secondary educational level. These National Honor Society Members have exhibited outstanding community service, demonstrating the willingness to use their talents and skills for the improvement of society and leadership; particularly in ASB and extra-curricular activities, honorable and admirable character, and academic achievement.
Selection to NHS is a privilege, not a right. Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society; instead, they provide information to be used by the selection committee to support their candidacy for membership. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council of the school. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specific level of academic performance. NHS is more than just an honor roll. The society emphasizes other components in the selection process (leadership, service, and character). This honor, recognized throughout the entire nation, is both the public recognition of accomplishment and the private commitment to continued excellence on the part of the new member.
Prerequisites for conditions of selection:
Only those students who have attended the school the equivalent of one semester may be considered for membership. This period is necessary for students to establish themselves and for the faculty to get to know them. Even after a semester, it may be necessary to contact a transfer student’s former school for additional information.
Membership may be open to qualified juniors and seniors.
Freshmen are not considered for National Honor Society status, however, grades earned and activities undertaken during the 9th grade year may be used.
The Faculty Council of the chapter of St. Paul High school selects students who demonstrate outstanding performance in all four criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Also, a minimum grade point average must be 3.0 to be considered for selection.
The scholarship requirement set by the National Council is based on a student’s cumulative grade point average. The phrase “cumulative grade point average” refers to the total academic performance as demonstrated by the grades received by the student while in attendance at St. Paul High School. For example, if students are selected their junior year, grades from 9th grade on will be used to compute the scholastic average. The minimum grade point average allowable is 85%, B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). If the students meet this academic scholarship requirement, they are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership and character.
The Leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection. The student who exercises includes the following but is not limited to:
Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student, which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct or financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.
The student who serves:
A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibilities, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
In March, Sophomores and Juniors may submit applications for review