National Honor Society
Here is the application for the National Honor Society.
Lexington Christian Academy is proud to be a local Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools. Membership was awarded in Charter Number 5431 on January 20, 1955. Since that time, the faculty have selected eligible juniors and seniors for NHS membership annually. The purpose of this organization, as stated in the NHS Constitution, Article 1, is “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.”
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Cumulative unweighted grade average of 85% or higher, from ninth grade through the first semester of the current year
Juniors and seniors are eligible for consideration
- Transfer students must have been at LCA for at least one semester; their grades from previous schools will be included in the average.
The student who exercises leadership:
Is resourceful in proposing new ideas, applying principles and making suggestions.
- Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities.
- Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals.
- Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school.
- Is able to delegate responsibilities.
Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition.
- Exemplifies positive attitudes.
- Inspires positive behavior in others.
- Demonstrates academic initiative.
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducts business efficiently and effectively and is reliable and dependable without prodding.
- Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.
The student who serves:
- Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.
- Participates in some outside activity: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor or disadvantaged.
- Volunteers 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.
- Does committee and staff work uncomplainingly.
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students.
The student of character:
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
- Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability).
- 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.
- Shows courtesy, concern and respect for others.
- Observes instructions and rules, punctuality and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Has powers of concentration 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.
In the spring of each year, students who have been declared eligible for the National Honor Society by having a minimum cumulative unweighted grade average of 85%, will be notified by the Faculty Council and asked to fill out an activity form, listing leadership roles they have held and activities in which they have participated or served. They will be asked to supply a sponsor’s signature for each item listed, and submit a letter of recommendation.
The Faculty Council will meet to review the applications and determine which students meet the criteria for membership. The Faculty Council will then notify the Head of the Upper School of their decisions, after which students will be notified.
In rare cases, when an NHS member violates any of the selection criteria for leadership, service or character, disciplinary action may be warranted. Also, seniors selected for NHS membership in the junior year may be dismissed for failure to maintain the scholarship requirements. In either case the member will receive warnings from the Faculty Council, with dismissal reserved for flagrant or chronic offenses. Members who face dismissal will be given the opportunity to address the Faculty Council before a final decision is reached by the Council and approved by the Head of School.