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National Honor Society
The Honor Society is a student organization committed to scholastic excellence, the rendering of service to school and community, and promotion of leadership and character development. Members lead by example, and the Chapter actively develops leadership and character among members of the student body.

"I pledge myself to uphold
The high purposes of the National Honor Society
To which I have been selected;
I will be true to the principles for which it stands;
I will be loyal to my school;
And will maintain and encourage
High standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character."
- National Honor Society Pledge

Kathleen Brown is the advisor of the Palestine High School's National Honor Society chapter. She is also the head of the Science Department. She teaches Chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry, and AP Chemistry. As well as being the advisor of NHS, she is the advisor of Student Council.
Selection to NHS For many students, selection as a member of the National Honor Society is the pinnacle of their achievements in school. This honor, recognized throughout the nation, is both the public recognition of accomplishment and the private commitment to continued excellence on the part of the new member. Because of the importance placed upon this aspect of secondary school life, local chapters are charged with creating a selection process that conforms to the national guidelines, is applied fairly and consistently to all candidates, and provides a meaningful recognition of deserving students.

Selection to NHS is a privilege, not a right. Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society; instead, they provide information to be used by the local selection committee to support their candidacy for membership. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council in each school. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance. Students who are eligible to become a NHS member are given a form near the end of fall. With this form, students have to gather and document community service they have done, leadership skills they have acquired, and list all school activities involved in during their high school career. Students have three (3) weeks to fill these forms out and return them to Mrs. Brown.

Selection for membership to the chapter is always to be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council, who remain anonymous.

Some candidates may be ineligible for induction because of the semester ruling. Many students, including students of military parents, are required to move with parents or guardians who have transferred in their work. The present school principal should seek a recommendation from the previous school principal pursuant to the candidates selection.

Prerequisite Conditions for Selection

1) According to the NHS Constitution, only those students who have attended the school equivalent of one semester may be considered for membership.
2) Membership is to qualified juniors and seniors.

Criteria for Membership with NHS

The Faculty Council of the chapter selects students who demonstrate outstanding performance in all four criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

1. Scholarship

Students must have a 90 GPA average. These students receive forms to document leadership and service. Teacher evaluation forms are used for character.

2. Leadership

The students who exercises leadership:
- Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
- Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
- Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
- Is able to delegate responsibilities
- Exemplifies positive attitudes
- Inspires positive behavior in others
- Demonstrates academic initiative
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability
- Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities
- Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
- Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.

3. Service

Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. In considering service, the contributions this candidate has made to school, classmates, and community, as well as the student's attitude toward service can be reviewed.

The student who serves:
- Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
- Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
- Does committee and staff work without complaint
- Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged
- Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.

4. Character

The student of character:
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior
- Upholds principles of morality and ethics
- Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
- Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
- Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
- Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
- Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
- Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
- Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.
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