George Washington High School

GW National Honor Society

 

National Honor Society

 

1. Purpose: The purposes of this organization are to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students.
2. Membership: Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
3. Faculty Council/Chapter Adviser: The faculty council shall consist of five voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal. The chapter advisor shall be an ex officio, non-voting, sixth member of the council.
4. Selection of Members: To be eligible for membership the candidates must be a junior or senior. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester.
Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.5 as determined by George Washington
High School weighted ranking system. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service,
leadership and character. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.
5. Description of Selection Procedure: Students’ academic records are reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility. Students who are eligible scholastically are notified. For further consideration for selection, the student must complete a Student Activity Information Form. This form is used to obtain information regarding service and leadership. Students should understand that these surveys are not applications for membership; thus, a review of information does not guarantee selection.

Faculty members are invited to make comments on candidates. However, the actual selection is made by
the Faculty Council. The Student Activity Information Form and any other verifiable information are reviewed by the faculty council. The faculty council may wish to interview candidates personally.
The following guidelines are used to define leadership, service, and character:
a. Leadership:
• Proposes new problems, applies principles, makes suggestions
• Promotes school activities
• Upholds school ideals by serving as role model
• Improves civic life of the school
• Delegates responsibilities
• Serves as leader in the school, community and/or work
• Accepts responsibility
b. Service:
• Participates in school projects
• Participates in community activities
• Serves as a dependable and organized volunteer
• Provides assistance to others
c. Character:
• Exemplifies outstanding qualities of behavior
• Adheres to all school regulations
• Demonstrates high standards of integrity, reliability, and courtesy
Candidates receiving a majority vote of the faculty council are invited to become members.


6. Dismissal: Members are liable for dismissal if they do not maintain the standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character that were the basis for their selection. A member who falls below the standards for his/her selection shall be warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given one semester to correct the deficiency unless he commits a flagrant violation of school rules or civic laws. If the student does not make the improvement in one semester, he is subject to dismissal. Any disciplinary offense which would constitute a suspension of any type is considered a flagrant violation of school rules, therefore; no warning is necessary. The member is subject to immediate dismissal. In all cases of impending dismissal, a member has the right to a hearing before the faculty council. A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the faculty council under the Rules for Disciplinary Appeals in Danville City Schools.
If a member is dismissed, he is never eligible for membership in the National Honor Society.
HONOR LETTER RECOGNITION
All students who maintain a 3.2 G.P.A. for the first five six weeks grading period will receive an honor letter
the first year of achievement. Any subsequent years students will receive an honor bar.