National Honor Society
Welcome to the James I. O'Neill chapter of the National Honor Society!
The National Honor Society is a prestigious organization for Juniors and Seniors who meet our chapter's criteria. In order to join, students must exhibit character, scholarship, leadership and service. Younger students who aspire to become a member in their Junior year are encouraged to be involved in school and community activities to demonstrate those qualities from the time they enter high school.
Once you are a member, our chapter is primarily a service club, running several school and community projects throughout the year. Students are also required to document 10 hours of service to their school or community each quarter. Participation in certain club or leadership activities count toward this requirement. In addition, NHS students are often called upon to act as ambassadors and tour guides for parent nights and new student activities, and are required to participate in our peer tutoring/homework center program.
How to join our chapter:
Only juniors and seniors are eligible for consideration. Students will be notified by email at the start of the selection process. Our chapter requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 92.00% weighted, or 89.00% unweighted. Student averages are not rounded for consideration. Additionally, students must demonstrate a history of service, leadership and character to be seriously considered for membership. See the O'Neill Chapter By-Laws for further details.
Students should see the NHS Faculty Advisor to get the required forms. They will also be asked to provide two letters of recommendation from adults outside of the school community. All staff and coaches are invited to comment on each candidate’s integrity, character, and leadership potential as has been demonstrated in their interactions with the student.
Transfer students that have already been inducted at their previous school are automatically considered members of our chapter. They should introduce themselves to the advisor at their earliest convenience and provide a copy of their certificate and/or membership card from their previous chapter. They are expected to attend meetings, participate in projects, and document 10 service hours per quarter.
In some instances, the student’s previous chapter will require a lower average than our chapter requires If the student is already a member, but has a lower average than our minimum, they are given three quarters to raise their average to meet this requirement.
Transfer students will be formally recognized at the first induction ceremony after their enrollment.
Once students have been inducted into the National Honor Society, they are required to uphold the standards of character, scholarship, leadership and service. Students who fail to meet any of these requirements will receive a warning letter and one quarter to rectify the situation. Flagrant violation of school rules can result in immediate dismissal without warning. Specific behavioral expectations will be discussed with inductees before they become members. The O'Neill NHS by-laws fully outline all procedures and expectations.