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Purpose of the National Honor Society:
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Students are invited to membership in the Marist Chapter of the National Honor Society. They are eligible for candidacy only if they have met or exceeded the following requirements:
- GPA: 3.5 unweighted cumulative (grades are not rounded up) and no grade less than a B in any core course
- Course load requirements:
- Sophomores: core courses must all be at honors level
- Juniors: 2 AP core courses and remainder of courses must all be at honors level
2. Service: Christian community service recorded with the Columbus service coordinator by the end of the first semester of the year in consideration
- Sophomores: 25 hours
- Juniors: 50 hours
3. Character/Leadership: 3 recommendation forms from at least 1 teacher and/or a club moderator and/or a coach and/or a guidance counselor currently employed at Christopher Columbus High School
Upon verification of the academic and service criteria, a letter will be sent to the students which will include the recommendation forms. Students should print or email the forms to be filled out by their teacher/coach/moderator/counselor. Failure to turn in the recommendation forms by the deadline may disqualify the student for membership.
Once the recommendation forms are reviewed, students will receive an invitation in writing regarding their candidacy to NHS. The invitation will be accompanied by a "Letter of Agreement". Students must submit a printed and signed “Letter of Agreement” to the adviser by the deadline on the invitation. Failure to turn in the “Letter of Agreement” by the deadline may disqualify the student for membership.
Students may be considered for membership after completing 2 semesters at Columbus and meeting the aforementioned requirements.
Students previously inducted at another high school may be accepted as members of the Marist Chapter/Columbus by obtaining a letter of confirmation of membership in good standing from the chapter adviser of their previous school. However, students must maintain the Marist Chapter/Columbus standards to earn wearing the NHS stole at graduation.
Members of the National Honor Society are expected to maintain academic standards and service requirements, as well as demonstrate exemplary moral character throughout their tenure as members.
Members are expected to attend all NHS meetings as well as to participate in a minimum of 10 hours of NHS community service each year. Community service may include peer tutoring, assisting with blood drives and events for His House Children’s Home. Only the NHS Adviser may approve/accept service hours from other Columbus honor societies in lieu of the NHS service requirements.
No student may hold office in the National Honor Society if he is an officer of any other honor society at Columbus.
Letters of probationary status or expulsion will be sent to students who fail to maintain any of the standards and requirements of NHS membership. Seniors who fail to meet the conditions of probation or who are expelled from NHS will not be permitted to wear the NHS stole at the Columbus graduation ceremony.