About NHS

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. Service sheets can be acquired from the NHS Advisor.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the NHS Advisor:

Miss Aaryn Cimino
Ext 1949

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.