NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY 2013 APPLICATION
Congratulations on earning the privilage to apply for induction into the Mt. Lebanon High School chapter of the National Honor Society. In order for your application to be complete you must submit the following items:
1. THE ONLINE APPLICATION: This online form will ask basic demographic information about you as well as information about your service and leadership qualifications.
2. THE LEADERSHIP FORM: This form must be downloaded and printed. You must acquire the appropriate signatures to verify your leadership.
3. A PRINTED COPY OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL SERVICE RECORD THAT HAS BEEN SIGNED BY MRS. KOLKO.
This can be obtained in the Activities Office.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ALL ITEMS IS MARCH 15, 2013. PAPER FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO MRS. STEIN IN THE PRINICIPAL'S OFFICE.
If you detect an error in your form, you may resubmit your application at any time up until the application deadline. Please answer "no" to the question on the last page about the revised application being an original submission so that we may overwrite your original application.
The following is additional information that may help you in the application process.
Guidelines for Leadership:
Definition: Leadership is the ability to express oneself and exert a positive guiding influence in or out of the classroom. Leaders are directly responsible for organizing, directing, and motivating others in an effort to reach a goal. Leadership is not limited to titled positions in an activity or sport. There are a variety of ways in which you may demonstrate leadership in your life.
Leadership: During grades 9 through 12, the candidate is required to have demonstrated ongoing examples of leadership. Ongoing leadership can be defined as a regular period or interval of time, such as daily, weekly, or yearlong. Please list and describe your top examples of leadership and identify the grade level(s) of participation. Only one example is necessary if it meets all of the requirements; however, more examples will help to justify your stance as a leader. Those reviewing your application need to understand how you demonstrated leadership in each position and/or activity. You must describe each example to the fullest. Verification is required. Please see the National Honor Society Advisor (prior to the application deadline) if verification cannot be obtained.
Some good examples of leadership include:
- Several years as an active homeroom representative or student council member
- Organizing and overseeing an activity or event while directing others, such as an editor for the newspaper or student director of a play
- Camp counselor for a week each year
- Tutoring for an extended length of time
- Coaching at a yearly athletic clinic
- Primary player in orchestra
Be sure to explain what makes you a leader for all titled positions, just having the title is not enough to be considered leadership.
Also, ongoing leadership must extend beyond a single day. Weekly, Monthly, or several years of leadership will suffice. Please indicate how much time has been involved for each example.
The Mt. Lebanon Chapter of NHS does not view the following as leadership:
- Participating and excelling at a sport
- Participating in classroom discussion, which is expected of all students
- Having job-like responsibilities, such as babysitting and being an umpire.
- Helping others in service, while lead by another individual
- Being a member of FBLA (future business leaders) or a CIT (counselor in training) may not constitute leadership, rather can be considered as steps taken to become a leader.
Guidelines for Service:
Definition: Community service is identified as any extra curricular service in school and/or in the community in which the student gives or has given his/her time and talents to a group or organization that is useful, helpful, and beneficial to others. Service is required to be ongoing. The committee looks for continuity and quality as well as overall hours. For examples of service opportunities please see Mrs. Kolko in the Community Service office. Paid positions are jobs and do not qualify.
Service: We expect the candidate to have participated in both school and community-related service (10 hours each year), on an on-going basis, beginning in grade 9. All community service hours must be verified with Mrs. Kolko in the Community Service office at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Directions for completion:
- Submit all service hours to the Community Service office.
- Juniors applying to NHS must complete a minimum of 30 hours.
· Minimum of 10 hours in freshman year (5 hours in school, 5 hours out of school)
· Minimum of 10 hours in sophomore year (5 hours in school, 5 hours out of school)
· Minimum of 10 hours in junior year (5 hours in school, 5 hours out of school). Service must be completed and paperwork must be filed by March 6th to be eligible during your junior year.
· Any senior applying for NHS must have completed a minimum of 40 total hours by the community service deadline of their senior year.
· Each year, there must be at least 5 hours of each of the in-school and out-of-school categories
- Obtain a service record printout from Mrs. Kolko in the Community Service Office.
Guidelines for Character:
Definition: Character is identified as those traits or qualities of moral strength, academic honesty, self-discipline, and respectful attitude and behavior towards staff and peers that produce a pattern of personal integrity and good reputation. Character must continue to be unquestionable. For examples, please refer to the National Honor Society Guidelines of the preceding page.
Character: The candidate is required to be in good standing with the faculty and staff at Mt. Lebanon High School. Each of the candidates teacher (grades 9-current) may be asked to evaluate the candidate on the basis of character.
All candidates’ names will be submitted to the appropriate Unit Principal for review. The candidate may be denied admission into the National Honor Society for any disciplinary action. The faculty council as part of it's selection decision, considers the context, severity, frequency, timing, etc., of any and all disciplinary fractions to arrive at it's decision.
The candidates eligible for NHS status will be reviewed by each unit principal.
Attendance is another example of good character. Students who have missed more than 20 school days (excused or unexcused) must attach a letter of explanation about the extensive absences.