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National Honor Society

Hastings High Chapter of the National Honor Society

The William T. Wallace Chapter of the National Honor Society was organized in 1945 as a part of the national organization. Each fall, juniors and seniors who have a scholastic average of at least 3.375 are placed on a list of candidates to be considered for membership by the faculty committee. Guidelines used by the faculty include:
Service: Service is defined as something done other than for grades or financial return. Service is not self-seeking but rather the candidate’s contribution to the welfare of other individuals or organizations in the school or community in recognized institutions such as church, scouting, 4 -H, etc. Candidates must show evidence of participation in several school and community service projects.
Character: A candidate’s character demonstrates the following 6 qualities respect, responsibility, trust-worthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. A person of character also complies with school rules, athletic code laws.
Leadership: A candidate must have shown tangible evidence of leadership on an official capacity or indirectly as a positive influence on others.
Scholarship: In addition to the 3.375 average, candidates must have completed a minimum of academic courses. Academic areas include english, foreign language, social studies, mathematics, and science. Juniors must have completed or be currently taking 10 academic courses and seniors must have completed or be currently taking 12 academic courses. Students meeting the scholastic requirement may also be asked to fill out an extended informational activities sheet to assist the faculty selection committee. Those selected are notified by letter and are formally initiated into membership.
National Honor Society members are liable for dismissal if they do not maintain the standards of scholarship, leadership, service and character that were used as the basis for their selection. If any member falls below those standards, he/she shall be warned in writing and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. In the case of a flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws, however, a warning is not necessarily required. Furthermore, a student who is dismissed may never again become an Honor Society Member.

Staff Advisor Contact:  Mrs. Beemer