National Honor Society (NHS) was officially established in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Today, there are NHS chapters in all 50 states and more than 1 million students participate in NHS activities across the U.S. and Canada. NHS seeks to elevate the school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four pillars have been associated with membership since its inception.
The motto of NHS is "nobless oblige" or "nobility is an obligation."
Four Pillars of the National Honor Society
Scholarship means a commitment to learning. Knowledge is one great element in life which leads to the highest success, and it can only be acquired in one way – through diligence and effort. Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past, and the light which illuminates the future.
Service can be described in various ways. Willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation or without recognition, is the quality we seek in our membership. We are committed to the idea of volunteering our time and abilities to the creation of a better tomorrow.
Leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the school. The price of leadership is sacrifice - the willingness to yield one’s personal interest for the interest of others. No matter what power and resources may exist in a country, they are ineffectual without the guidance of a wise leader.
Character is the force within each individual which distinguishes that person from others. It is this force of character which guides one through life and, when once developed, grows steadily. Character is achieved and not received. It is the product of constant action, daily striving to make the right choice.
- Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the sophomore, junior, or senior class.
- To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Hewitt-Trussville High School.
- Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
- The selection of members to this chapter shall be determined by the chapter’s adviser based on GPA.
- The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the Fall semester of the school year. Upperclassmen can be selected to be active members at the end of each semester, by request.
- Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:
- Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
- All students who are eligible scholastically (i.e., candidates) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the candidate acceptance form along with their dues.