The National Honor Society is the leader among organizations and societies that promote appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of academics, character, leadership, and service. The Lovell J. Honiss Chapter of the National Honor Society admits juniors and seniors in the spring and fall of each year respectively.
The following are guidelines set forth by the local chapter as recommended by the national organization:
Scholarship The student who academically qualifies: • Has achieved an overall average of 3.5 • Has been a registered student in the school for the equivalent of one semester.
Leadership The student who exercises leadership: • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions. • Is active in promoting school activities. • Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals. • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school. • Is able and willing to delegate responsibilities. • Exemplifies positive attitudes. • Inspires positive behavior in others. • Demonstrates academic initiative. • Successfully holds school offices or positions or responsibility, conducting business efficiently and effectively, and who without prodding, demonstrates reliability and dependability. • Is active in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities. Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.
Service The student who serves: • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude. • Participates in some outside activity such as: Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts, religious groups, volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged, and family duties. • Volunteers dependable and well-organized 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.
Character The student of character: • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously. Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (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. • Demonstrates perseverance to studies and activities. • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
NHS SELECTION PROCESS Eligible students will be notified in writing of their academic eligibility to the National Honor Society. The eligible student will then receive a packet with instructions on how to apply for membership. A list of academically eligible students will also be sent to all professional staff members for evaluation in each of the three remaining categories of leadership, service, and character.
The DHS National Honor Society Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, then analyzes the faculty evaluations, along with a student written essay expressing why membership is important to them, a student completed activities sheet, and a faculty character reference form provided by the student, and makes the final selections. All NHS applicants will be notified, in writing, regarding their acceptance or rejection to the National Honor Society.