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National Honor Society

National Honor Society

To be eligible for membership in the National Honor Society, the candidate must be a junior or senior and have been at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School the equivalent of one semester. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their demonstrated academics, service, leadership, and character. A NHS council composed of faculty evaluates candidate information and makes recommendations for selection. Students who exhibit behavior in or out of school contrary to the mission of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School may not be eligible. Information about the selection process may be obtained from the NHS sponsors.

In general, selection is based upon the following and must reflect a level of excellence and variety in each area:

Academics – students must have a cumulative GPA of 95% or above

Principal’s Honor Roll:  Semester grade average of 96.00%

First Honors:  Semester grade average of 90.00-95.99%

Service – students must show evidence of service beyond what is required by the school

Leadership – students are judged on performance in a variety of areas such as elected office, chairmanships, group leadership, or other demonstrated leadership skills

Character – students with referrals in the current or previous semester will not be admitted. Multiple detentions or other similar activity may result in a student not being selected.

Students who meet the academic standard are notified and given information and packets in January.

Students must return completed packets by the designated deadline and are notified by mail regarding selection or non-selection. Written appeals may be made by the student to the selection committee if a student believes an error has occurred in the notification of eligibility or the mathematical miscalculation of the GPA. Non-selection or the student’s failure to complete the packet correctly are not matters of appeal.