Juniors and seniors are elected by a faculty council to the National Honor Society if they meet high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. It is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a high school student. All four ideals are the basis for selection. No student is elected simply because of a high academic average. The National Honor Society strives to recognize the total student, one who excels in all of these areas. Accordingly, the selection process takes place in the following manner:
At the beginning of the second semester each year, cumulative grade point averages for all juniors and seniors are compiled, (juniors as of end of 5th semester; seniors as of end of 7th semester). Any student with a cumulative scholastic average of 3.70 is considered academically eligible for membership in National Honor Society provided she has just completed a minimum of two successful semesters at Mother Seton Regional High School. Each student must also have a minimum of a 2.0 grade in each subject area.
Each student who qualifies scholastically will receive a Student Activity Information Form to complete which will assist the faculty council in determining whether or not the candidate meets the other requirements for membership. The student must complete this form in order to be considered further, but filling it out does not guarantee election to the Honor Society. It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation and/or statistics supporting her data, particularly in the areas of service and leadership. There should be strong evidence of community service to others, particularly within the Mother Seton community.
At the same time, each member of the faculty will receive a list of candidates and be given the opportunity to comment on each student’s qualifications. The advisor of the National Honor Society will then convene the faculty council, composed of the advisor and five faculty members appointed by the principal, to review each student’s Activity Information Form, faculty recommendations and any other verifiable information about each candidate. Qualified students are then selected for National Honor Society membership by the majority vote of the faculty council, subject to approval by the principal. Successful candidates are announced at a tapping ceremony in the presence of the administration, faculty and student body. Several weeks later, a formal induction ceremony is held.
Juniors who are not selected are eligible for consideration again the following year, provided they have maintained a 3.70 cumulative scholastic average. Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Students elected to membership are expected to maintain the standards that were used as a basis of their election, to serve as models of these qualities for the entire student body, and to continue a high level of service to the school community.
It is expected that all members of the National Honor Society will maintain the high academic and behavioral standards which NHS represents. Serious violations of school regulations by any member will result in a one-month probation period during which all privileges of National Honor Society membership will be suspended and some appropriate form of correction will be administered. At the end of this time, the student may be reinstated at the discretion of the National Honor Society advisor and the school administration. A second offense at any later date will result in automatic expulsion from the Honor Society. For flagrant violations of school or civil law, a warning need not be given. A member will be allowed only one warning period.
Each member must maintain the high scholastic average which initially qualified her for selection. Should a member’s grade fall below a specified grade in any subject, she will be given one marking period in which to raise her grade to an appropriate level. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the National Honor Society. Once a student is dismissed from the National Honor Society, she may not be re-elected.
Honor Society members provide tutoring for students who need additional help in major subject areas. Arrangements may be made through the Honor Society moderator.