The Delmarva Christian High School chapter of the National Honor Society is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of the prestigious national organization. The National Honor Society is not an honor roll. Membership is an honor bestowed upon students. Consideration for membership is based on leadership, service and character, as well as scholarship.
The national headquarters of NHS sets standards for selection, which may be revised to meet local chapter requirements. A five-member Faculty Council meets to select students as members. The Council is appointed by the Principal. The NHS chapter is served by a Faculty Advisor, who is appointed by the Principal and serves as a non-voting member of the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council considers for selection students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. To be eligible for consideration, students must meet the scholarship criterion of a grade average of 94 percent or higher.
Membership is never considered on grades alone. Students who meet the scholarship criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form. The information form provides the Faculty Council with a profile of the candidate’s leadership, service, and character.
The leadership criterion is very important for membership selection. Students must present a history of leadership activity and participation in school or community service. The Faculty Council must determine that each applicant has exercised a positive influence on his or her peers in striving to reach a higher standard.
The service criterion for membership consideration is a minimum of 30 hours of documented community or school service. This service must have been performed prior to submission of the application. The Faculty Advisor and Faculty Council may be consulted in advance to determine if a particular service qualifies for consideration.
The NHS Faculty Council receives information from any and all faculty members in consideration of a candidate’s leadership performance and character. This information is considered by the Faculty Council along with the Activity Information Form. A majority vote of the Faculty Council is required. The Council notifies NHS candidates of their selection status according to a predetermined timetable.
Following is the student evaluation criteria necessary for consideration for election to the DCHS Chapter of NHS:
Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors who have maintained a cumulative grade average of 94 percent will be considered for membership in the DCHS NHS Chapter. Students who meet the scholarship criterion are then considered based on the criteria of leadership, character and community service.
Consideration for leadership is guided by a demonstrated display of most of the following qualities:
- Positive influence on peers by holding to a higher standard
- The improvement of civic life within the school by holding office or positions
- The maintenance of a positive attitude and the inspiration of positive behavior by peers
- High ideals of scholarship
- A loyal school attitude
To qualify, service must be voluntary, unpaid and freely given. A student’s contributions to school and community are considered for admission, as are the student’s attitude and giving spirit. Volunteer students offer reliable assistance that is well thought out and performed in a timely fashion. The volunteer student worthy of consideration consistently works in harmony with other students and adults and willingly assumes responsibility, participates in activities outside the school, and demonstrates courtesy and a hospitable spirit to visitors, teachers and students.
The National Honor Society is a member of the Character Counts Coalition, which abides by the Six Pillars of Character. A person of character demonstrates these six qualities: 1. respect, 2. responsibility, 3. trustworthiness, 4. fairness, 5. caring, and 6. citizenship. Student candidates also are expected to take criticism willingly, uphold principles of morality and ethics, comply with all school regulations, exhibit truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability, actively help rid the school of negative influences, show courtesy, concern and respect for others, and in everything strive for a higher standard. The Faculty Council considers both the positive and the negative aspects of character in its evaluations.
Sophomores and Juniors who meet the 94-percentile grade average minimum and would wish to be considered for membership in the NHS should document their community service. Documentation forms are available in the office. The Faculty Council meets with students who meet the minimum scholarship requirement in September.
The annual dues for NHS are $10. Checks should be made payable to Delmarva Christian High School and submitted within 30 days of induction.
To be considered for selection to the Delmarva Christian High School chapter of National Honor Society, the candidate must have a minimum grade average of 94 percent. Members whose grade average falls below 94 are subject to dismissal.
Group Service Hours
NHS members are required to perform a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year through a service committee project. Chapter service committee projects will be selected by the entire NHS membership.
Individual Service Hours
An additional minimum 15 hours of community service, in an area of interest to the student, is required. All service hours must be performed with a recognized organization (i.e., the student’s church).
NHS members, as leaders and representatives of their school, are required to attend all general and committee meetings. General meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month at 7:30 a.m. Students will be notified of any schedule changes. The only acceptable reasons for non-attendance are:
- Excused absence for illness
- School function, such as a field trip, for which one is excused by the teacher. If a NHS member is absent because of illness, the member must have a parent write a note and submit it within two days of his/her return to school. For school functions, the students are required to submit notes explaining the reason for their anticipated absences.
When a student has been absent once without turning in a note containing an acceptable reason for absence, he or she will be placed on probation. When a student has been absent twice per school year without turning in an acceptable excuse, he or she may be removed from NHS.
Each member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain an active role in service leadership to his or her school and community. All NHS members are expected to comply with the Delmarva Christian High School code of conduct as defined in the Student Handbook. Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character or service may be dismissed from the Delmarva Christian High School chapter of the National Honor Society by the NHS Faculty Council.