Application Deadline: March 4th, 2019. Under no circumstances will late applications be considered.In order to access this application form YOU MUST FIRST BE SIGNED IN TO YOUR MISD GOOGLE ACCOUNT. If you have trouble signing in, contact Mr. Talmadge or Mr. Clay Laughary.Link to application form: 2019 Application to National Honor Society
Thank you for applying to Mercer Island National Honor Society! We are dedicated to encouraging academically successful and creative students to participate in service in their school, local, and global communities.
Please note that National Honor Society is only open to incoming juniors and seniors (Classes of 2020 and 2021) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. If you are a current 9th grader, we encourage you to apply next year. Applicants who were not admitted as sophomores may re-apply as juniors. Previously dismissed members may not re-apply.
In this application, you will find:
· Membership Expectations and Conditions for Dismissal
· Mercer Island’s National Honor Society Application Directions
· Selection Criteria (Rubric)
Expectations for Honor Society
· Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher while participating in Honor Society
· Pay the fee for the club, $50 due in September 2019.
· Attend all meetings or follow make-up procedures for missed meetings
· Participate wholeheartedly in club service activities
· Be in good standing with the Athletic and Activity Conduct Code
· Pursue individual community service throughout the year
Conditions for Dismissal
An NHS member might be dismissed for failure to continue to meet any of the standards for membership. For example, a student whose GPA dropped below 3.5 and who did not remediate that situation by the following quarter would likely be dismissed. Similarly, a student who repeatedly failed to meet service expectations might also be dismissed. In either of these cases, the student would receive written notice of Probation and would be given time to address the situation. Serious violations, such as major academic dishonesty or commission of a crime, can lead to dismissal without notice. The faculty council decides on all matters of dismissal; an appeals process is in place. Procedures are outlined in the NHS Constitution, Article VII, available on the NHS website.
Note to the Applicant
Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character are equally weighted components for selection in National Honor Society. A high GPA doesn’t guarantee selection – it simply makes the student eligible for membership consideration. The criterion listed will be used (see attached) to evaluate the applicant’s observable leadership, character, and service. Applications are reviewed by an independent committee overseen by the NHS Adviser.
Application and Selection Deadlines
The completed application is due by March 4th, 2019 at 11:59PM. Letters of acceptance will be mailed in April.
An induction ceremony for all new members will be held in the spring at 6:00 pm in the Upper Commons. More information will be provided to inductees in acceptance letter.
- Open form and SCROLL to see what is required information for the application. It is recommended that you type your information in Word or Google Docs and copy paste it into this form when you are ready.
- Once you have submitted the form online, you may revise your application until the deadline, March 4th, 2019 at 11:59 pm.. Please plan carefully.
- Supporting documents should be scanned and uploaded in PDF format.
- The completed application must be submitted by March 4th at 11:59PM. No late applications can be considered.
Criteria for Membership Selection
Students will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Student has at least a 3.5 GPA
- Application scores 6 points or higher with no zeros on the following criteria:
0 points: no evidence of service
1 point: limited service
· has between 15 - 25 hours of community service within the past 12 months
· volunteers for school activities
2 points: moderate service
· has between 26 - 35 hours of community service within the past 12 months and
· is actively involved in school activities
3 points: outstanding service
· has over 35 hours of community service within the past 12 months and
· is deeply involved in school activities
0 points: no evidence of positive leadership
1 point: limited leadership
· demonstrates leadership within but not outside the classroom
· exemplifies positive qualities such as reliability and dependability
2 points: moderate leadership
· demonstrates leadership in the classroom in significant ways and
· leads peers in school sports or activities or demonstrates leadership in activities outside of the school (work, civic organizations, religious organization, etc.)
3 points: outstanding leadership
· commands respect of faculty and peers and inspires positive behavior in others
· has assumed complex leadership roles, including delegating responsibility to others
· demonstrates ability to transform organizations or reach significant new objectives
0 points: exhibits undesirable behavior
(criminal conviction, school suspension, bullying, disrespect for teachers, plagiarism, etc.)
1 point: indistinguishable qualities
· observes laws, rules, and regulations
· is honest and reliable
2 points: noteworthy qualities
· displays courtesy, concern and respect for others
· persistent and industrious in all endeavors
3 points: superior and praiseworthy qualities
· actively works to overcome negative influences in and outside of school
· consistently exhibits mature, ethical behavior and a strong sense of moral conviction