National Honor Society

Marian Chapter of National Honor Society

Becoming a member

Membership into the National Honor Society is based on the ideals of scholarship, leadership, service and character. During the summer, the NHS Induction Coordinator reviews the academic records of all juniors and seniors to determine Scholastic Eligibility for selection. Scholastic Eligibility is having a cumulative average of 95 percent or higher.

As part of the Candidate Process, the following will be completed:

  • Activity Form – student lists his or her school, service, and/or leadership activities in and out of school.
  • Leadership Referral Forms – to be completed by supervisors of student’s leadership activities.
  • Service Referral Forms – to be completed by supervisors of student’s service activities.
  • Character Evaluation – to be completed by faculty and staff of St. Mary’s High School.
  • Personal Essay – written by the student to summarize his or her achievements, interests, and other information the student would like to be considered.
  • Students are required to have completed 25 hours of service beyond what is required for Religion classes. Junior Candidates must complete at least 55 hours of service; Senior Candidates need to complete at least 85 hours.
  • All materials will be due by mid/late of October. The materials will be submitted to the Faculty Council for their review and consideration.
  • If during the review process, the Council would like additional information, candidates may be asked to attend an interview conducted by the Induction Coordinator and/or members of the Faculty Council.
  • In early November, the Faculty Council will report to the Principal the results of the deliberations for final approval. The Induction Coordinator will then notify candidates in writing of their selection or non-selection into NHS.
  • Induction for new members will take place in November.

Continued Membership

Members of the National Honor Society must maintain a cumulative average of at least 94.0 and participate in all NHS activities (a minimum of 15 hours of attendance at NHS meetings and activities are required by the members). High standards of personal character must be maintained at all times.

Dismissal Process

If all four selection criteria standards are not upheld, the student may be recommended for dismissal from the Society. The National Honor Society Handbook indicates that in case of a flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws, a warning is not required for dismissal.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from another school who were members of the National Honor Society Chapter in their former school should see the St. Mary’s Chapter advisor. Membership is automatically continued. All chapters are governed by the NHS National Constitution (available at