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National Honor Society™

What Is National Honor Society?

Since 1921, The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Founded by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, NHS exists not only to recognize academic success, but also to honor those students who demonstrate excellence in the four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. NHS membership is a privilege, not an inherent right, and the faculty awards this honor to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who meet the selection standards, which are based upon the organization's four pillars.

School chapters challenge selected members to further the accomplishments that earned them selection. The chapter requires members to engage in and commit to serving their school and local community through active involvement. Only those members who uphold the values are granted membership rights and privileges.

Wallenpaupack Area High School
National Honor Society Bylaws

Article I - Name of the Organization

The local chapter’s name shall be Wallenpaupack Area High School National Honor Society.

Article II - Purpose

The chapter's purpose is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, and develop character in Wallenpaupack Area High School students.

Article III - Vested Powers

  1. This chapter operates under the direction of and in full compliance with the NHS National Constitution.
  2. The chapter adviser is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the school principal.
  3. Final authority on all activities and decisions of the chapter resides with the school principal. (See Article V, Section 1 of the National Constitution.)
  4. Nondiscrimination. Our chapter of the NHS maintains policies and practices that are designed to prevent discrimination against any qualified candidate or member based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, and disability. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to all practices, including the chapter administration and the selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.

Article IV - Membership

  1. Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based upon the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.
  2. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active, honorary, and graduate. Active members become graduate members at graduation. Honorary members are selected at the discretion of the Faculty Council. Graduate and Honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
  3. Eligibility:
    • Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the sophomore, junior, or senior class. Seniors are not eligible for membership after the end of the first semester of their senior year.
    • To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled in Wallenpaupack Area High School for one semester.
    • Candidates eligible for election to this chapter shall have a minimum, weighted cumulative GPA of 90.0000% (2022-2023) and newly selected members shall have a minimum, weighted, cumulative GPA of 95.0000% (2023-present). This scholastic achievement level shall remain fixed and shall be the required minimum scholastic achievement level for candidacy admission. All students meeting this scholastic achievement level requirement are eligible candidates for membership selection.
    • Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.

Article V - Member Selection

  1. The selection of chapter members shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council, which consists of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter advisor(s) shall be the sixth, non-voting, ex officio Faculty Council member.
  2. New member selection shall occur annually.
  3. Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:
    • Students' academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
    • All students who are eligible scholastically (candidates) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the Candidacy Information form for further consideration.
    • The advisor(s) shall ask the faculty to evaluate candidates using the official evaluation form provided by the chapter advisor(s).
    • The Faculty Council shall review the Candidacy Information form, faculty evaluations, community member recommendation, school disciplinary records, and other relevant information to determine those who fully meet the selection criteria for membership.
  4. Candidates become members when inducted officially at a special ceremony.
  5. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given an official letter indicating membership status.
  6. An active National Honor Society member who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted as a Wallenpaupack Area High School chapter member.
  7. The Faculty Council shall grant to the transferring member one semester to attain the membership requirements, and thereafter, this member must maintain this chapter’s requirements to retain membership.

Article VI - Member Obligations

  1. Each chapter member who is in good standing regarding the membership standards and member obligations shall be granted the privilege to wear the National Honor Society emblem.
  2. Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall not be granted the privilege of wearing the emblem and must turn it in to the advisor(s).
  3. Any member who resigns or is dismissed may never be eligible for membership or benefits again.
  4. Chapter members who are seniors in good standing shall be granted the privilege of wearing the honor cords (or other insignia adopted at the local level) at graduation.

Article VII - Officers

  1. The chapter officers shall be president, vice president, secretary, and historian.
  2. Student officers shall be elected at the last, school year meeting. All returning members in good standing are eligible to run for an officer position. Anyone wishing to run for a NHS officer position, must not hold another club/class office. Any active member can nominate an eligible member as an office candidate.
  3. Voting shall be by secret ballot. A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any chapter officer. If the first vote does not yield a majority, a second vote shall occur for the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.
  4. If one of the officer positions becomes vacant, the chapter advisor(s) shall select a replacement who will fill the position until the officer can resume the post, or an election can be held.
  5. Officers and the faculty advisor(s) shall collectively be known as the chapter’s Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall establish annual chapter goals and have general charge of the meetings and chapter business. Any action by the Executive Committee is subject to chapter member review.

President

  • Shall serve as the official chapter representative at school or community functions
  • Must attend all officer meetings during advisement and all general member meetings
  • All communication: Remind101, emails with assistance from VP, website if necessary; must be approved by advisor(s) prior to sending
  • Reports out NHS business to the Student Council, which may be reported to the school board for its monthly meetings
  • Keeps notes to pass on to next president
  • Produces all sign-up sheets
  • Checks-in with advisors regularly
  • Actively participates at induction ceremony and Scholar Night
  • Key leader on group service project

Vice President

  • Must attend all officer meetings during advisement and all general member meetings
  • Creates Public Relations (PR) information: letters for the school bulletin, announcements, other; must be approved by advisor(s) prior to sending
  • Keeps notes to pass on to next vice president
  • Maintains NHS bulletin board - change photos monthly
  • Prepares multi-media presentation with student photos and highlights of each meeting to be run on the scrolling announcements
  • Updates NHS webpage information to be submitted to District Website Manager
  • Prepares and sends emails to students in coordination with president; must be approved by advisor(s) prior to sending
  • Distributes senior NHS cords
  • Checks-in with advisors regularly
  • Actively participates at induction ceremony and Scholar Night
  • Key leader on group service project

Secretary

  • Must attend all officer meetings during advisement and all general member meetings
  • Shall record word-processed meeting minutes to be reviewed by advisor(s) and emailed to all NHS members prior to the next meeting to be voted upon for member acceptance
  • Keeps notes to pass on to next secretary
  • Maintains Group Service-Hour Sign-Up Roster
  • Verifies Group Service-Hour Attendance with Student Leader who headed the group-based service event/activity
  • Reviews service hours sheets for accuracy and documents service hours sheets in Microsoft Excel
  • Files student service hour forms in file binder
  • Checks-in with advisors regularly
  • Actively participates at induction ceremony and Scholar Night
  • Key leader on group service project

Historian

  • Must attend all meetings during advisement and all general member meetings
  • Keeps notes to pass on to next historian
  • Creates slide notes to highlight individual community service projects in preparation for each meeting
  • Takes attendance at meetings; record in Microsoft Excel document; share with advisor(s)
  • Is contact for member absence notification and absence record in Microsoft Excel
  • Assists with voting: creates ballot in Microsoft Forms and links it to Microsoft Excel
  • Documents NHS activities and events by taking photographs or filming; records historical information (e.g. identify noteworthy member contributions or chapter activities)
  • Creates annual digital or hard-copy Memory Book of Chapter Group-based Service
  • Checks-in with advisors regularly
  • Actively participates at induction ceremony and Scholar Night
  • Key leader on group service project

Article VIII - Meetings

  1. Regular meetings of this chapter shall be at least once a month, with additional meetings called as necessary by the president with the approval of the advisor(s).
  2. This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order. Use of cell phones while information is being presented or discussed is inappropriate: all cell phones must be off during any meeting.
  3. Members are required to attend mandatory meetings. Students receive a meeting schedule at the beginning of the year and are expected to manage their schedules, which includes communicating this obligation to employers, coaches, advisors, and parents. Documentation needs to be submitted prior to a missed meeting. If a member is unexpectedly dismissed during school, documentation needs to be submitted upon return to school.
  4. Members should notify the historian and advisor(s) prior to missing the meeting. Notification should occur via group email (e.g. excused school absence due to illness, doctor appointment, or school related trips, performances or sporting events).
  5. After the absence, the member will have one week from the date of the actual meeting to listen to the meeting’s recording. The member must then notify the officers once he/she has listened to the recording. Advisors will review the log to ensure compliance.
  6. This excused absence shall be considered equivalent to being present.
  7. Should a member notify the officers that he/she will be absent from the live meeting, but then fail to listen to the recording within the given week’s period, it shall be considered an absence.
  8. Members may have one unexcused absence per year (e.g. forgot to attend; inadvertently scheduled time to make up work or take a test). Members who miss one meeting will not receive any consequences. Members who miss two meetings will be placed on probation for the remainder of the school year. Any additional absences will result in the member being referred to the Faculty Council for disciplinary action or dismissal.

Article IX - Activities

  1. Our chapter mission is to serve as a team and provide student leadership opportunities. Chapter group projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community, have the administrative and faculty support, be appropriate and educationally defensible, and be well-planned, organized, and executed. Consequently, the chapter emphasizes group-based service. The chapter shall publicize and promote its projects in a positive manner.
  2. Beginning in 2023-2024, members are required to complete four (4) hours maximum of individual service and twelve (12) hours of group-based service annually (See Community Service Form). Total service hour requirement is sixteen (16) hours. All members must participate in the Wallenpaupack Area High School chapter’s group-based service project.
  3. Headed by student leaders, group-based service projects focus on enhancing our school and local community collectively. The group leader is responsible for member sign-up posting, service event attendance and event photographs, which the leader gives to the secretary and historian.
    • Individual service is dedicated to you. Based upon your interests, skills, or talents, you decide how completing these hours will help you to develop or grow.
      • Interests: Nature, Animals, Career
      • Skills/Talents: Sports, Academics, Fine Arts
    • Members must complete a minimum of two hours service time that is dedicated to a school-sponsored service event. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
      • WAHS National Honor Society Peer Tutoring
      • WAHS Blood Drive
      • WAHS Food Pantry
      • WAHS Thanksgiving Baskets (work one or more shifts to assemble or distribute baskets)
      • WAHS Academy Orientation Events
      • Pre-approved Ambassador, Local History or VIP Club Activities/Events
    • Members must complete a minimum of two group service hours that are dedicated to serving the local community. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
      • Caleb’s Pennies From Heaven (e.g. Tricky Tray, create baskets)
      • Kiesendahl’s 5K Cancer Run
      • First Responders
      • Community Triathlon
      • Church Events, Missions, Activities
      • Pre-approved Community events
  4. Annual service-hour cycle begins May 1st of the previous year and ends during the spring semester of the following year (e.g. For the 2022 – 2023 school year, members may accumulate hours beginning May 1st, 2022 and ending April 28th, 2023).
  5. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project or projects; these should reflect the member’s talents and interests and should be approved by the chapter advisor(s). The individual service project is in addition to the chapter group service project to which all members contribute.
    • All individual service projects must be planned by the member and must follow the Community Service Hours form requirements
    • If a member is unsure whether an individual service project will be approved, fill out the Individual Pre-Approval Form and submit it to the advisor(s) via email at least TWO WEEKS prior to the activity or event. Pre-approved individual project forms must be signed by the advisor(s) as well as a signature and contact information from the event or activity supervisor. If an advisor approved through email, attach a paper copy of that email to the form.
  6. Beginning in 2023-2024, juniors and seniors may submit an application to the Faculty Council to receive the Community Service Award. The Faculty Council will review the applications and vote to bestow an award to one junior and one senior during the Scholarship Awards Assembly that takes place in June.
  7. Senior members who are active NHS members in good standing are eligible to apply for the National Honor Society Scholarship. The applicant is responsible for attending the NHS Scholarship Student Webinar (September date) and for reviewing/understanding the scholarship Web pages and for completing the application process and meeting all deadlines. The advisor(s) will offer support and guidance during the application process.
  8. See the Community Service Hours form for specific individual service project requirements.

Article X - Member Discipline and Dismissal

  1. Members who fall below the scholarship, leadership, character, or service standards may be referred to the Faculty Council for discipline or dismissal from the chapter. Members are expected to maintain their academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership in their school and community.
  2. Members whose cumulative grade point average falls below the standard that was in effect when they were selected (2022-2023 or earlier = 90.0000%; 2023-present= 95.0000%) will be given a written warning and a reasonable amount of time to meet the standard GPA. If the GPA remains substandard, the Faculty Council will consider further disciplinary action, which may result in chapter dismissal.
  3. The Faculty Council will issue a written notification to a member who has three unexcused absences in a single school year.
  4. Any additional unexcused absences that occur after the written notification, will require the Faculty Council to issue a notification of pending dismissal.
  5. Violations of the law or school regulations can result in immediate dismissal consideration (see #7). These violations include, but are not limited to, DWI, stealing, property destruction, cheating, truancy, or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school, at school-related activities, or in the community.
  6. Offenders of the school conduct code (e.g. profanity usage, failure to comply, unexcused absences, excessive tardiness, bullying) will receive a written warning notification. A conference may be requested by either party (Faculty Council or member/parent/guardian). If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the Faculty Council will consider member dismissal.
  7. Chapter officers, as chapter representatives, can be removed from their positions due to any disciplinary action the Faculty Council takes.
  8. In all cases of pending dismissal:
    • The Faculty Council will issue written notification to the member indicating the reason for dismissal consideration.
    • The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the charge(s) during a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to any dismissal vote (in accordance with due process identified in Article X of the National Constitution).
    • The member can present a defense either in person or via a written statement presented in lieu of the face-to-face hearing. Following the hearing, the Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss. A Faculty Council majority vote is needed to dismiss any member.
    • Faculty Council vote results will be presented to the principal for review, and then stated in a letter sent to the student and parents/guardians. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the advisor(s).
    • The Faculty Council’s decision may be appealed to the principal and afterwards, according to provisions of the school district discipline policies.
    • A member who is dismissed or resigns may never again be considered for membership in the National Honor Society.
  9. In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.

Article XI - Ratification, Approval, and Review

  1. These by-laws will be approved upon receiving a two-thirds affirmative vote of all active chapter members, a majority affirmative Faculty Council vote, and administration approval.
  2. These by-laws shall be reviewed and, if necessary, revised within five years from the approval document date.

Article XII - Amendments

These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds chapter vote, provided members have received one- month prior notice of the proposed amendment. The exceptions are Articles V and X, dealing with selection and dismissal procedures, which the Faculty Council develops, and the principal approves.

2022-2023 Meeting Dates

**All meetings held in the library and begin at 7:15 am.**

Bring a snack or drink if you like; ALL CELL PHONES MUST BE OFF AND PUT AWAY. See Bylaws for meeting obligations. Meetings will be recorded.

September 19th (returning members only)
October 17th (new members only)
November 7th
December 5th
January 16th
February 13th
March 20th
May 2, 2023, High School Gymnasium (7 pm Induction—new and returning members)
May 16th

Community Service

Our chapter mission is to serve as a team and provide student leadership opportunities. Chapter group projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community, have the administrative and faculty support, be appropriate and educationally defensible, and be well-planned, organized, and executed (See Chapter Bylaws for complete details).

Selection Process and Procedure (see chapter bylaws for full details)

  1. The faculty will invite academically eligible students to become NHS. National Honor Society membership is not an honor roll. Cumulative, weighted grade point average determines whether a student is academically eligible to receive a candidate invitation. Acceptance is based upon the candidate’s commitment to the other three National Honor Society pillars: leadership, service, and character (specifics are provided in the candidate packet). The advisors will give eligible sophomores, juniors, and first semester seniors a candidacy packet, which candidates submit to demonstrate this commitment. The packet must be submitted by the deadline, which will always be in September.

    Packets will include:
    • Invitation letter
    • Candidacy checklist
    • Selection Process and Criteria
    • Opt-Out of Candidacy Consideration Form
    • Opt-Out of Information Form and Documents Preliminary Review
    • One (1) Community Member Character Evaluation Form
    • One (1) Leadership Evaluation Form

  2. The Wallenpaupack Area Faculty Council will review all complete candidate forms that have been submitted by the deadline listed in the packet. All forms must meet submission deadlines so that the Faculty Council has sufficient time to authenticate the candidate’s information or in case the council needs to seek clarification in preparation for the selection meeting. Without such time, the council will have difficulty rendering an appropriate professional judgment regarding your candidacy.
  3. Candidates receiving a majority, faculty council vote will receive an induction invitation. Those candidates who do not receive a majority vote will be notified of non-selection and may re-submit the candidacy forms the next school year provided that the individual meets the academic eligibility requirements. Those who elect to accept the induction invitation must the Induction Ceremony RSVP to the advisors by 8 a.m. on the deadline date: Mrs. Gilson, Room 220; Mrs. Saylor, Library.
  4. According to the National Honor Society Constitution, accepted candidates must attend the induction ceremony (in early May).
  5. Newly inducted members will begin their membership by attending the October monthly meeting.
  6. Members must meet all chapter requirements and qualifications to remain National Honor Society members. Dismissed members may NOT be reconsidered for membership.

Officer Roles and Responsibilities

Student officers shall be elected at the last, school year meeting. All returning members in good standing are eligible to run for an officer position. Anyone wishing to run for a NHS officer position, must not hold another club/class office. Any active member can nominate an eligible member as an office candidate (see chapter bylaws for detailed information).

President

  • Shall serve as the official chapter representative at school or community functions
  • Must attend all officer meetings during advisement and all general member meetings
  • All communication: Remind101, emails with assistance from VP, website if necessary; must be approved by advisor(s) prior to sending
  • Reports out NHS business to the Student Council, which may be reported to the school board for its monthly meetings
  • Keeps notes to pass on to next president
  • Produces all sign-up sheets
  • Checks-in with advisors regularly
  • Actively participates at induction ceremony and Scholar Night
  • Key leader on group service project

Vice President

  • Must attend all officer meetings during advisement and all general member meetings
  • Creates Public Relations (PR) information: letters for the school bulletin, announcements, other; must be approved by advisor(s) prior to sending
  • Keeps notes to pass on to next vice president
  • Maintains NHS bulletin board - change photos monthly
  • Prepares multi-media presentation with student photos and highlights of each meeting to be run on the scrolling announcements
  • Updates NHS webpage information to be submitted to District Website Manager
  • Prepares and sends emails to students in coordination with president; must be approved by advisor(s) prior to sending
  • Distributes senior NHS cords
  • Checks-in with advisors regularly
  • Actively participates at induction ceremony and Scholar Night
  • Key leader on group service project

Secretary

  • Must attend all officer meetings during advisement and all general member meetings
  • Shall record word-processed meeting minutes to be reviewed by advisor(s) and emailed to all NHS members prior to the next meeting to be voted upon for member acceptance
  • Keeps notes to pass on to next secretary
  • Maintains Group Service-Hour Sign-Up Roster
  • Verifies Group Service-Hour Attendance with Student Leader who headed the group-based service event/activity
  • Reviews service hours sheets for accuracy and documents service hours sheets in Microsoft Excel
  • Files student service hour forms in file binder
  • Checks-in with advisors regularly
  • Actively participates at induction ceremony and Scholar Night
  • Key leader on group service project

Historian

  • Must attend all meetings during advisement and all general member meetings
  • Keeps notes to pass on to next historian
  • Creates slide notes to highlight individual community service projects in preparation for each meeting
  • Takes attendance at meetings; record in Microsoft Excel document; share with advisor(s)
  • Is contact for member absence notification and absence record in Microsoft Excel
  • Assists with voting: creates ballot in Microsoft Forms and links it to Microsoft Excel
  • Documents NHS activities and events by taking photographs or filming; records historical information (e.g. identify noteworthy member contributions or chapter activities)
  • Creates annual digital or hard-copy Memory Book of Chapter Group-based Service
  • Checks-in with advisors regularly
  • Actively participates at induction ceremony and Scholar Night
  • Key leader on group service project

Candidate Information

These materials are ONLY for eligible students who have academically qualified for NHS candidacy through invitation. Only candidate forms accompanied by all required materials will be accepted and submitted to the Faculty Council for review. Only complete, legible packets submitted by the deadline will be reviewed. Prior to submitting the candidate information, every candidate can attend a meeting in early October (see candidate packet) to have the advisors look at the materials and ask questions. Attendance does not guarantee membership acceptance. Those who choose not to attend must submit the Opt-Out of Preliminary Review form, included in the packet, by the deadline identified on the form.

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