National Honor Society

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS.

NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

NHS at Mount Saint Agnes Academy

The purpose of the National Honors Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate desire, to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage development of character in students of Mount Saint Agnes Academy.

Membership in local chapters is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is chosen by a Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Students are expected to withhold the Six Pillars of Character: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship.

To be eligible for selection to membership in the chapter, candidates must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or 85% and have completed of a minimum of 40 pre-approved community service hours by the NHS advisor. For service sheets, questions or concerns, please contact the NHS Advisor.

Miss Aaryn Cimino

Ext 1949

NHS Executive and Current Members:

Nicholas Wiekl

Vice President:
Ian DaSilva

Brianna Benevides

Mataeo Holder

Colin Cardoza

Current Members:

Brianna Benevides

Ian DaSilva

Kyra King

Lucien Penacho

Jake Roberts

Kayla Tavares

2022/2023 Inductees:

Grade 11

Aidan Medeiros

Marcus Duarte

Chrishante Dill

Anijahe Martin

Ivanna Young

Emily Dunstan

Colin Cardoza

Nia-rene Outerbridge

Grade 12

Analia Machado

Melanie Haller

Cadence Grayston

History of the Organization:

In 1921, NASSP officially established the National Honor Society. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School, Pittsburgh, Pa., the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country’s leading educational groups.

NHS Selection Process

Selection to the Elizabeth Seton Chapter of the National Honor Society is a cherished goal of many students and a high point in their high school careers. With the honor comes the responsibility of maintaining the organization’s high standards. Students do not “apply” for membership nor are they “selected” to the society.

Membership in the Society is a privilege, not a right; it is based on four criteria: character, scholarship, service and leadership. Membership is open to students from grades ten, eleven and twelve. The processes of selection, nomination and induction are governed by the Constitution of the Society whose requirements, restrictions and guidelines our chapter must follow. The first test of eligibility is academic: students must have a cumulative average of eighty-five or more. Further evaluation and certification then progress.

All students who are eligible based on academics are required to fill out an information sheet, which outlines their activities and commitments to service, both in school and the community. These forms must be substantiated and signed by their supervisors/sponsors. All high school faculty members are asked to complete point-system evaluation forms for all those eligible students with whom they are acquainted. The society’s moderator convenes a committee of five faculty members, known as the Faculty Council, who have been nominated by the principal, to review all completed documents and to make the final selection by a majority vote. Each eligible student is given extensive consideration by the Faculty Council in accordance with the Society’s Constitution and guidelines. According to the constitution, there are no quotas or restrictions on the number of students selected or on the grade level from which they are drawn. All students are required to meet the same standards of character, leadership and service as well as meeting the academic standard. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter advisor reviews with the principal the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations.

As a member of the Character Counts Coalition, the NHS recommends their six-faceted definition of character, “the Six Pillars of Character”: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship. Service involves actions undertaken which are done for or on behalf of the community without direct financial or material compensation. Service to the school, to the church and to the community are considered. Attitude, dependability, co-operation, willingness, cheerfulness, enthusiasm, and courtesy are all aspects of service. The requirement for selection into the Elizabeth Seton Chapter of the NHS is a minimum of forty hours of service in the past twelve months. These can be service projects done with a group or as an individual, outside of the official school hours. Acceptable service activities are those that benefit community organizations for which no compensation (monetary or otherwise) has been given. The service cannot be for the benefit of an individual or for the personal gain of an individual, unless it is in respect of a charity event function organized by a community group. For example, private babysitting for free does not qualify as community service. Service done as part of the MSA Religion course in Grade 12 does count toward the required service hours provided that it meets the above requirements. Leadership entails roles both in school and the community. Election to offices in school and community organizations is one criterion which is considered highly important; but demonstrating resourcefulness, taking the initiative, expressing positive attitudes, exercising positive influence and peer pressure, and showing dependability and loyalty also serve as strong indicators of leadership.

The Elizabeth Seton Chapter of the National Honor Society seeks in granting membership to acknowledge a high standard of excellence in achievement and performance among the students of Mount Saint Agnes Academy in character, scholarship, leadership and service. It seeks as mandated by the Society to maintain as undiminished all that the Society entails and represents in its on-going tradition. It seeks to provide motivation and incentive for students to aspire to exceptional levels of personal development and accomplishment in the context of school and community, therefore, strengthening, improving and enhancing their lives and their world.