NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY 2020-2021
Michael J. Wright
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
When the National Junior Honor Society was established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in 1929, the hope of the principals involved was to create an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. These ideals of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character remain as relevant today as they were in 1929.
Today the National Junior Honor Society has become a prestigious organization, ranking high among administrators, faculty members, students, parents, and residents of the school community. Its reputation for excellence is the result of years of commitment on the part of everyone involved.
Through NJHS chapter service activities, members maintain and extend the qualities that won them their selection. Membership is thus both an honor and a commitment.
Hoboken Catholic Academy proudly continues this tradition of excellence, as the first members of the Hoboken Catholic Academy Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society were formally inducted into membership in the spring of 2013.
The following information from the local chapter by-laws outlines the requirements for membership and selection to the HCA Chapter of the NJHS.
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1: The name of this chapter shall be Hoboken Catholic Academy Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of Hoboken Catholic Academy.
Section 2: The purpose of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and citizenship, and to encourage the development of character in students of Hoboken Catholic Academy.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and honorary. Honorary members become graduate members at graduation. Graduate and honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
Section 2: Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty, and shall be based on the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character.
Section 3: ELIGIBILITY (Article II Section 3 - Revised: August 2019)
a. Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be in the second semester of sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.
To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at Hoboken Catholic Academy.
Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative GPA of B+, no grade lower than a B in all subject areas, and a grade of Satisfactory in all Specials and in Personal Development.
The personal development and scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed, and shall be the required minimum level of achievement for admission to candidacy. All students who can rise to or above such standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection into membership.
In addition, candidates shall have no disciplinary record to be eligible for selection.
Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, GPA, personal development, and discipline standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, citizenship, and character.
ARTICLE III: SELECTION OF MEMBERS (Article III Section 2- Revised: August 2019)
Section 1: The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of seven faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter adviser shall be the eighth, nonvoting, ex officio member of the Faculty Council.
Section 2: Prior to selection the following shall occur:
Students’ academic, discipline, and personal development records, shall be reviewed to determine eligibility.
Students who are eligible shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the Student Activity Information Form for further consideration for selection.
The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates using the official evaluation form provided by the chapter adviser.
The Faculty Council shall review the Student Activity Information Form and faculty evaluation in order to determine membership.
Section 3: The selection of new active members shall be held once a year during the second trimester of the school year, pending eligibility.
Section 4: Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 5: Once selected and inducted, all members are expected to maintain the standards by which they were selected and maintain all obligations of membership.
Section 6: An active member of the National Junior Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given a letter indicating the status of his or her membership and signed by the principal or chapter adviser.
Section 7: An active member of the National Junior Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter. The Faculty Council shall grant to the transferring member one semester to attain the membership requirements and, thereafter, this member must maintain those requirements for this chapter in order to retain his or her membership.