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National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization established to recognize students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Established in 1921, this organization maintains a long history of awardees who have excelled and are admired for their accomplishments.
 
For more information you can visit the NHS website: http://www.nhs.us/about-us.aspx
 
CEHS Advisors: Jeri Olson room 623 and Joelle Mathews room 621
 

The purpose of the National Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in students of secondary schools. At Clovis East High School, member selection is based upon the following method.

  1. Sophomores, juniors and seniors who are eligible (cumulative GPA of 3.5) after completing their first year of high school may obtain an application from the Clovis East website. Applications must be typed
  2. Each academically eligible student is responsible to research the procedures and deadlines to follow if they wish to seek National Honor Society selection. Student candidates are responsible for obtaining, completing, and returning the application by the deadline.  
  3. Leadership, character, and service are key components for selection in National Honor Society. A student’s cumulative GPA simply makes him/her eligible for membership consideration.
  4. Teachers and faculty members will be invited to comment on qualified potential members.
  5. Academically eligible students will receive either an acceptance or denial letter by mid-January.
  6. All decisions are final. Eligible students may re-submit an updated application the following year.

National Honor Society Criteria

The following criteria and information taken from the National Honor Society Handbook will give further help in the definition of leadership, service, and character. The Clovis East High School Chapter of the National Honor Society strongly considers candidates who demonstrate the following traits in both their school and in the community consistently during their high school tenure.

Leadership

The student who exercises leadership:

  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities
  • Exemplifies positive attitudes
  • Inspires positive behavior in others
  • Demonstrates academic initiative
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability
  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude

Service

The student who serves:

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer 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 without complaint
  • Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged
  • Mentors person in the community or student at other schools
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students

Character

A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. In addition, it can also be said that the student of character:

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, and 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
  • Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
  • Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
  • Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment

CEHS National Honor Society members receive special recognition at graduation including the traditional gold medallion.

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