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National Junior Honor Society

Selection Process Description


The National Junior Honor Society chapter of Carthage Middle School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization.  Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation:  scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character.  Standards for selection are established by the national office of NJHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs.  Students are selected to be members by a 5-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each spring.


Students in the second semester of seventh grade or grade eight are eligible for membership.  For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 89.500 for middle school work.  Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service.  A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required. 


To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input.  First, school disciplinary records are reviewed.  Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, citizenship, and leadership.  These forms and the Student Activity Information Forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership.  A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection.  Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.


Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members.  Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all five criteria that led to their selection.  This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year, and participation in the chapter service project(s), as well as individual service project(s).  Further information will become available as the selection process begins in the spring.  Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter adviser(s), Mrs. Lisa O’Meara or Ms. Tracy Farr, through the school email, or by phone at 493-5020.



Selection Criteria


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, reliability and dependability

§         is a forerunner in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities

§         is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.



The student who serves:

§         is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude

§         participates in some outside activity

§         volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance

§         works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities

§         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

§         shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students



The student of character:

§         takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously

§         consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior

§         upholds ethical principles

§         cooperates by complying with school regulations

§         demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability

§         shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others

§         observes instructions and rules, both inside and outside the classroom

§         manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in schoolwork, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.



The student who demonstrates citizenship:

§         understands the importance of civic involvement

§         has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U.S. form of government (representative democracy); and respects the laws at the local, state, and federal level that protect the government demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.