National Honor Society

Procedures for Sterling National Honor Society

  1. Induction ceremonies will typically be held in late November or early December.  This allows the start of the school year to begin with some time for adjustment, and ensures inducted juniors a full 2 years in NHS.


  2. Qualified junior and senior candidates will be notified by the end of the first marking period and will need to complete all directions in the application.
    1. Qualification is defined by the following criteria
      • Cumulative average from freshman and sophomore years of 93 or higher
      • No major disciplinary incidents
      • No more than one “C” and no “D” or “F” grades


  3. Qualified candidates will need to fill out an application in which all out-of-school activities are listed.  All Sterling activities must be initialed by activity moderator; all community, town, or other outside activities must be accompanied by a verification letter from an activity supervisor.
    1. The following outside activities qualify for inclusion
      • part-time work during the school year
      • community clubs or civic organizations
      • -volunteer work
      • -other activity as accepted by NHS moderator or Sterling administration
    2. applications must be submitted for a candidate to be considered for NHS
    3. activities will be assigned a point value, resulting in an activity score for each student


  4. Qualified students will be rated by faculty on 1) character and 2) leadership.  Faculty ratings will be anonymous.  Faculty are encouraged to comment on the student candidates, and will be asked to explain any remarkable negative ratings. 


  5. Final evaluation will use the following formula (Criteria divided by 6):

    (G.P.A. x 2) + Activity Score + Avg. Character + Avg. Leadership + Essay

                6      

    This will yield the candidate’s overall score.  Students will then be ranked by the overall scores.


  6. A faculty & administration panel will be formed for the purpose of making the final decision on NHS candidates.  The faculty panel of 5 will be voluntary and anonymous. The faculty panel will consider the candidates’ overall score, cumulative average, character and leadership ratings, and other remarkable information about the student.


  7. Selected students will be sent acceptance letters congratulating them on their acceptance and preparing them for induction ceremonies.  Students who were not selected will be informed in writing and junior students will be encouraged to maintain their academic, social, and activity contributions in order to be considered the following year.