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National Junior Honor Society

Scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship are key components for membership in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Only students at the eighth grade level are considered for candidacy.

Scholarship
At the end of the first marking period of eighth grade, all students achieving an average of 90.0 or higher (without rounding) through nine quarters (sixth, seventh and the first quarter of eighth grade) will be considered academically eligible for NJHS. These students will receive, by letter, notification of eligibility during the month of December. Those students receiving notification will then need to demonstrate Service, Character, Leadership and Citizenship.

Service, Leadership, and Citizenship
NJHS defines service as "the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit." In order to qualify as community service hours the service must meet the following criteria:

It must benefit the community (school, town etc.)
It must take place during the students' own time (activity period counts)
It may include performance time only, not rehearsal time (not time acquiring/learning the skill)
It cannot directly benefit a club or for-profit organization (i.e. no fund-raising for a club)
No other compensation is earned

To be considered further for NJHS, each candidate must perform a minimum of 16 hours of community service. This can be done over the course of all three years at FMS but must be completed prior to February 10. A community service resources list is included below for some examples of qualifying and non-qualifying forms of service. All community service hours are to be recorded on the NJHS Student Information Form, Section III, Service Activities. Additionally, to demonstrate leadership and citizenship, eligible students must complete the remaining sections of the NJHS Student Information Form. The completed form must be turned in to the NJHS advisor(s) by Friday, February 10. Student Information Forms will be sent via email to eligible students and their parents and hard copies will be available in house offices. As a final step, a faculty council will convene to review all eligible candidates who have completed and turned in all necessary paperwork for leadership, service, character, and citizenship. The faculty council will select those students to be inducted into the NJHS from those candidates. All potential candidates should be aware that one cannot apply for membership in NJHS. Membership is an honor bestowed by the faculty. Review of the candidate’s information does not guarantee selection.

Candidates selected for NJHS will be notified by letter and inducted during the spring semester. Students who are not selected for induction will be notified by letter as well. Those who wish to appeal the decision of the faculty council should do so in writing by the date indicated on the letter notifying them of the council’s decision.

The induction ceremony will be held on April 3, 2017.

Exemplar Responses
Below are exemplar responses to help candidates when writing the [three short] responses included as part of the application:
Character Exemplar Responses
Leadership Exemplar Responses
Service Exemplar Responses

Important forms
NJHS application/student information form (PDF)
Examples of qualifying service (PDF)

 

Need advice or have questions about how to fill out the NJHS application?
Watch the video (below) about completing the paperwork properly: