National Honor Society

**PLEASE NOTE CHANGES IN APPLICATION SEASON FOR 2018-19 ACADEMIC YEAR**                            

About the organization

National Honor Society logo

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school and students.

More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Today,it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of NHS.  NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 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.

Chartered in 1998, the Park Hill South chapter of National Honor Society works to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in high school students.  Follow us on Twitter: @PHSouthNHS.

SPONSORS

Mrs. Idean Bindel, B105
bindeli@parkhill.k12.mo.us
(816) 359-6780

Profe Ariel Anib, B201
aniba@parkhill.k12.mo.us
(816) 359-5983

2018-19 OFficers

PRESIDENT:  Carrick O'Bleness
VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS:  Jill Ketchmark
VICE PRESIDENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS:  Thomas McKeon 
SECRETARY: Kate Carovillano

ARE YOU A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION INTERESTED IN GAINING VOLUNTEER SERVICE?

If within district, please contact the Vice President of External Affairs in charge of service organization. If an external organization, please contact our sponsors at the above email addresses with your inquiries, providing a contact name and phone/email, along with any/all specific information about your organization and event, all potential dates/times/locations of service(s), your anticipated number of students needed, and any description of services requested. In the subject line, please write NHS SERVICE REQUEST.

**PRESENT MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS**

  • WINTER SERVICE DEADLINE for present (Class of 2019 seniors) members: Friday, January 4th, 2019 via Google Classroom. At this time, five (5) more qualifying hours are due toward your graduation requirement.
  • SPRING SERVICE DEADLINE for present (Class of 2019 seniors) members: Monday, May 6th, 2019 via Google ClassroomAll forms and hours must be accounted for in order to remain in good standing.  All hours must also meet the rigor and expectations set forth by our bylaws.  Those not meeting the deadline with all required, qualifying hours met will have their membership status placed on probation. To walk with NHS honors:
    • 1) a total of twenty (20) qualifying service hours must be approved, including six (6) NHS-sponsored hours,
    • 2) the student must have maintained an attendance of a majority of all meetings,
    • 3) the student must have a 3.5 weighted GPA, and
    • 4) the student must have maintained a discipline record according to the expectations of membership.

MEETINGS

Unless otherwise stated, present members meet in Rooms A107/A117 at 7:00 AM on the first Friday of each month.

Time Commitment

Members must attend meetings once a month and participate in group service activities. Specifically, members are required to perform minimum of five (5) hours of community service per active semester for a total of twenty (20) hours following the time of induction.  Out of the twenty (20) overall hours, members must complete a total of six (6) hours of NHS-sponsored service activities. Among their service, they are asked to tutor in the building's Homework Help program (Mondays/Thursdays after school) once per semester. Members are required to organize and carry out at least one service event for the chapter and take part in social and professional opportunities as applicable.

Requirements FOR INITIAL MEMBERSHIP CONSIDERATION:

To be eligible to join, you must:

  • be a sixth-semester junior or eighth-semester senior;
  • have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA;
  • have been active in two (2) school sponsored clubs, teams, or organizations during Grades 10, 11, and/or 12;
  • provide proof of twenty (20) qualifying community service hours that take place between June 1st following the freshman year up through the time of application submission
  • have taken on leadership positions within school or outside organizations;
  • have maintained strong attendance; and
  • have received a satisfactory faculty and staff evaluation of character.  

Applications are reviewed at depth by our NHS Faculty Committee, who make the ultimate selection of members.  All applicants will be notified whether or not they are selected roughly one week prior to the Induction Ceremony.

Note: Students will be responsible for tracking their own service hours and organization memberships, submitted documents to the faculty sponsor with the final application only.


REQUIREMENTS FOR INDUCTED MEMBERS:

Active members are responsible for attending all meetings and maintaining a 3.5 GPA and strong character record.  They must also perform a minimum of twenty (20) additional service hours while serving as an active member.  At minimum, five (5) qualifying hours completed after the student's induction date and an announced summer deadline must be submitted; five (5) additional hours must be completed and submitted by the winter deadline; five (5) additional hours must be completed and submitted by the spring deadline.  Of the twenty (20) total active hours, at least six (6) hours must be completed with NHS-sponsored service activities.  Active members, please refer to your bylaws for more specific information.  Should a member not meet the expectations set forth by the bylaws, their membership will be reviewed by the Faculty Council for potential probation or dismissal from the organization. Students on probation or dismissed at the end of the year will not be allowed to wear NHS honor stoles at the PHS Commencement Ceremony.

ACTIVE MEMBER SERVICE DEADLINES for the 2018-19 Academic Year:
Minimum five (5) hours completed between 04/05/18 - 08/31/18Due 08/31/18
Minimum five (5) hours completed between 09/01/18 - 01/04/19Due 01/04/19
Minimum five (5) hours completed between 01/05/19 - 05/06/19: Due 05/06/19
Total of twenty (20) hours including six (6) NHS-sponsored hours: Due 05/06/19

FORMS

  • For applicants AND active members (to access, you must sign into GoogleDrive with PHSD log-in credentials):  NHS Community Service Verification Form (Word)

  • For applicants (in addition to main application):  Extra Activity Verification Form (PDF)

  • PHS NHS Bylaws:  NHSBylaws--Updated 04.18 (PDF) 

  • For applicants (in addition to main application): NHS Character References (PDF)

  • FULL APPLICATIONS for the next selection season must be picked up at an official NHS informational meeting during applicant meeting season (late November 2018 - January 2019) and must be returned to B105 by Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 3:15 PM. In November 2018, letters will go out to students at or near the qualifying GPA to encourage them to apply.

JUNIORS AND SENIORS INTERESTED IN APPLYING:

Juniors and Seniors with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA will be sent a letter in tutorial by the end of November 2018 semester encouraging them to apply.  All prospective members MUST attend one (1) of the mandatory informational meetings provided, at which time an application will be checked out to the interested applicant. The process requires effort and planning, so we advise to attend a meeting as soon as possible. Dates and locations are forthcoming.

We encourage all prospective or future applicants or those eligible for collecting service to join our Remind contact loop by texting @phsNHSapps to 81010.  If/when our active members have extra service spots available for non-members, we love to send out alerts to YOU! You may also contact our sponsor with questions here. 

Meeting space is limited, so students are asked to register for a meeting slot outside B105 in advance. Should no slot work for the student, the student is asked to schedule an alternative meeting time in person with Mrs. Bindel in B105 or Profe Anib (B201) as early as possible. No applications will be released without having first attended a meeting. Applications will then be due back to the sponsor Tuesday, February 19, 2019 with all elements (including service and activity verification) complete.  No late or partial applications will be accepted and no new applications are released after February 1, 2019.

Questions? Encourage your student to seek out one of the sponsors directly so that they may schedule an appointment. They will be happy to walk your student through any initial advice to prepare for the application process and advise on qualifying projects. In NHS, we encourage prospective members to be self-starters from the beginning of the process onward and take charge of their own application process.

Sophomores may not yet apply, BUT they are happily encouraged to get started early on the requirements: Participate in community service. Build a strong GPA and keep a clear record with good attendance. Get involved in school organizations and take on leadership!

NEW TO COMMUNITY SERVICE?
Are you a sophomore or older student in need of advice to get started on your service hours?  Here are an example selection of volunteer efforts NHS has been part of in the area:

      https://www.bridgingthegap.org/volunteer/
      http://kcpetproject.org/volunteer/
      https://www.harvesters.org/Give-Time/Volunteer-Sign-Up
      http://www.rmhckc.org/volunteering
      http://www.restartinc.org/get-involved/volunteer/
      https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/parent_resources/pta_clothing_center
      http://hillcrestplatte.org/thrift-stores/

When beginning, we advise finding a non-profit that supports an issue about which you are most passionate (i.e. hunger, shelter, medical needs, education, arts, animal care, environment, physical activity, etc.).  Many service opportunities can even prepare you for a future career while making an impact on your local community.  A sampling of opportunities available locally for getting involved include but are not limited to the following:

      http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/volunteer
      https://www.childrensmercy.org/Give_to_CMH/Volunteer/
      http://www.nkch.org/community/volunteer-info/
      http://www.kansascityzoo.org/node/481
      http://www.yvckc.org/
      https://www.volunteermatch.org/
      http://www.mymcpl.org/blog-tags/volunteer
      http://www.olathelibrary.org/teens/volunteer-opportunities
      https://youthsymphonykc.org/volunteer/
      http://www.redcross.org/local/western-missouri/volunteer/become-volunteer
      http://www.allforgood.org/
      http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/MOfoodbanks.html
      http://www.kauffmancenter.org/support-us/volunteer/
      http://www.waysidewaifs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Volunteer_new
      
Whatever you select to submit for NHS admittance, do make sure that the project is within compliance of our bylaws above. If struggling to get access or rides to service, please reach out to the PHS office so that they may alert you of ongoing opportunities provided by the school with bus transportation.
      
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to your application!