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The members of the National Honor Society are selected from the junior and senior classes using criteria based on scholarship , leadership, service, and character. Students who wish to be members of this prestigious organization must show a dedication to community service, leadership in school organizations, and exemplary character. Students who wish to be members of this prestigious organization must show a dedication to community service, leadership in school organizations, and exemplary character. Applicants qualify their junior year by having a 4-year average of 90. National Honor Society members organize a variety of activities in order to raise funds for their various projects which benefit the school and the community.

Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade average of 90 meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character.

Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.

Selection of Members of the National Honor Society

Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
SECTION 1: To be eligible for membership, the candidate must be a member of the junior or senior class. Candidates must have been in attendance at Kilgore High School for the equivalent of one semester.

SECTION 2: Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of 90.00 or better from the 9th grade to the six-weeks immediately prior to selection of members. Each candidate must have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and either be enrolled in or have completed Algebra II or a third year of science. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character.

SECTION 3: The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. Selection to NHS is a privilege, not a right. Students do not apply for membership; instead, academically eligible students 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. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance. The student must demonstrate overall outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. A five-point rating scale is used in the selection process. A cumulative average of 4.0 is required for further consideration into the honor society.


  • A minimum grade point average of 90.00.


  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions

  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities

  • Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals

  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of 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 re- liability 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


  • 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 in- conspicuous 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


  • A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously

  • Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)

  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics (Maximum of 1 day in AEC or 3 days of Detention)

  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.

  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability (Maximum 5 non-medical/school business absences in any one semester)

  • Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others

  • Observes instructions and rules, is punctual (Maximum of 3 tardies in any one grading period), 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

The candidate will also fill out a Student Activity Information Form. This form will be used to obtain information directly from the student regarding leadership and service activities and to elaborate on the student's perspectives concerning the honor society and its values.