• Interested Applicants to NHS

    Requirements At A Glance


    National Honor Society-Proof of Pillars

    *A student must qualify in ALL four pillars: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, & Character. The descriptions of these pillars are essential for a student to consider during the application process.  All decisions regarding membership are made by the NHS Faculty Council and are final. If a student does not qualify in the junior year, he/she may reapply in the senior year if grades are maintained. Meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission.  Any questions should be directed to Mr. Amedeo.

    *Official Application is distributed to students who have the 3.6 GPA at a meeting held in early September


    • A student must be a junior or senior with a minimum cumulative (total of all grades) 3.6 GPA.



    • A student must document a minimum of 30 hours of service.
      • Volunteer at 3 different non-profit or charitable organizations (e.g. 10 at Habitat, 2 at Humane Society, & 18 at Stark County Public Library).
      • No less than 2 hours can be listed for each organization. 
      • ONLY 2 hours of office work or peer tutoring may count towards community service total.
      • At least 20 hours must be from a non-school related organization
    • A coach, adviser, or supervisor can sign for one service AND one leadership only.
    • School related community service is defined as service in the community as part of a team, club or other school organization (i.e. youth camps associated with a team/club, peer tutoring, volunteering to play an instrument at a nursing home as a band member, freshmen mentor, etc.)
    • A student may use hours from the freshman year until the application is due.
    • Work with an individual, family, business or political campaign is NOT community service.
    • Service hours may NOT be used for or shared with any other organization or class that requires service (double dipping). This includes activities to meet sports team requirements.
    • No one should receive payment or other credit for their service.
    • A tentative list of what is approved/disapproved community service is provided to students at the September meeting.



    • A student must document at least 2 leadership roles.
      • Leadership is defined as leading, organizing, teaching, directing a group of one’s peers 
      • Simply helping someone or a group is community service and does not likely equate to leadership
      • May include school, extra-curricular, church, work ( if crew/shift/training leader, should be clearly defined), political work, or other positions.
      • While there are no minimum hours required for leadership, the leadership role must be clearly defined as on-going (continuous), sustained(continuing for an extended period w/o interruption) and significant(sufficiently important)
      • Clearly describe leadership (ex: organized, directed, led, taught, in charge of, directed, etc.)



    • A list of academically eligible students is circulated among teachers, counselors, and administrators so that staff may provide observations or comments on character issues.
    • Comments may cover issues that occurred within the past year
    • If a student has any issues involving cheating, plagiarism, or any other serious student conduct issues, a student will NOT be eligible until one year after the offense.


    Final Notes

    • The official application will be distributed and reviewed with eligible students at an informational meeting in early September.  (At this time students may also ask any questions they may have)
    • Please be aware that Faculty Council may meet prior to the informational meeting and is able to alter the application process.
    • Mr. Amedeo is the advisor and students' advocate before the Faculty Council.  He does NOT have a vote in any Faculty Council decision.