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    Just before Term 3 ended, the Review Committee had determined the applicants who would be accepted for this school year.  The acceptance notices were scheduled to be delivered to students on March 16, which turned out to be our first day of "online" school, thus this did not happen.  Currently, those notices are locked away at the school building to which we do not currently have access.  Mrs. Bates, Mr. Head, and the current officers certainly hate that the situation is like this, but it looks as if it will be the next school year before the acceptance notices can be delivered.
    This is definitely an unfortunate way to end your term as National Honor Society members, but please know that Mrs. Bates and Mr. Head have deemed it an honor to be your advisers and we certainly are very proud of each of you and all that you have accomplished in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service at our school and in our community.  Hopefully, there will be a time during the summer when the school recognizes our Seniors and we will have an opportunity to gather and celebrate as a NHS chapter.  The "stoles" were ordered and shipped from NHS headquarters.  We are not sure of the status of where they are currently located as the ship-date was after our OHS building was closed.  Our assumption is that they are in a shipping warehouse somewhere and will be delivered once the building is open. Also, any service hour requirements from the current semester are waived due to the lack of service opportunities during this unusual time.
    THANK YOU so much for all that you have done this school year in this leadership capacity.  As sponsors it is a pleasure to watch you lead this group of talented and compassionate students.  ALL of you were involved and it is obvious that you care very much about your school, your community, and your peers in all of the projects that you took on and activites that you participated in.
    Perhaps the biggest piece of unfinished business that we had is the revealing of the NHS officers for the next school year.  This is usually done at the induction ceremony that was scheduled for April 14 that was canceled.  Mrs. Bates, Mr. Head, and the current officers certainly do NOT like announcing the new officers in this manner, but it appears as if this is our best option.  First, a great "THANK YOU" for all of the dozen or so members who volunteeered to run for an officer position.  It means a lot that so many great students would be willing to serve in this capacity and in all four positions the vote was very close.  Again, we hate announcing this way, but we are proud to announce that the NHS officers for the 2020-2021 school year are:
                                                     PRESIDENT:         Jacob Holub
                                                     VICE-PRESIDENT: Payton DiSario
                                                     SECRETARY:         Ella Bates
                                                     TREASURER:        Riley Theophile
    Congratulations to our new officers.  When we are allowed to be at the school again, we will have a leadership meeting of the new officers, Mrs. Bates, and Mr. Head.  We will be setting up some virtual meetings with new and current officers in the near future.  New officers, please email Mrs. Bates and Mr. Head your best email address so that we can contact you.
    THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!!!!   Mr. Head and Mrs. Bates certainly miss being around this group of high-character and high-achieving students.
      Remember to maintain great leadership, scholarship, character, and service!
    Many THANKS to our 2019-2020 officers!
    President: Kylah MacDonald
    Vice-President: Lili Rokosz
    Secretary: Regan Zakrewski
    Treasurer: David Hill
     Executive Council: Zac Aaron
    If you are interested in becoming a member of the National Honor Society at Ola High School, please read the following information.
                If you have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or numerical average of 93 or above, you are eligible to apply for membership to the National Honor Society.  This is a great privilege and should not be overlooked.  The National Honor Society is the leader among organizations and societies that promote recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service.  National Honor Society membership is often regarded as a valid indicator that the student will succeed in life and particularly in postsecondary studies.

    Below you will find a description of the criteria used for selection purposes.  If you feel that you meet these criteria and will continue to meet these criteria for the remainder of your high school career, please complete an application for membership when the time comes.  Watch for an announcement for applications to be available. 

    Criteria and Selection Process


    The National Honor Society Chapter of Ola High School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization.  Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation:  scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs.  Students are selected to be members by a 5-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school.


    Scholarship: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 (93 numerical GPA) and above meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character.  Active members are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75 (93 numerical).  Falling to a minimum of 3.6 (89) will place a member on academic probation.  Falling below that minimum or failure to raise the GPA up to a 3.75 (93) within one semester will result in dismissal.


    In order for the faculty council to evaluate the student regarding service and leadership, he or she is asked to complete a Student Activity Information Form.  A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is required.  Please see “Service” and "Leadership” for specific requirements.


    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. To be considered for membership, the student must have performed at least 10 hours of school and/or community service during their high school career.  If selected, members are required to earn 10 service hours per semester.  Some of these hours must be earned through NHS, others may be earned individually or through other service groups.


    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.   To be considered for membership, a student must serve in a leadership capacity either in a school organization or a community organization.  The student must also be a member of at least one school organization (extracurricular activity). 



    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.  To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input.  First, school disciplinary records are reviewed.  Prospective members guilty of any of the following will not be accepted into NHS. 

      1. Skipping homeroom and/ or class
      2. Fighting
      3. Insubordination
      4. Possession or use of tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons
      5. Cheating
      6. Stealing
      7. Forgery
      8. Unauthorized possession and or use of school passes, forms, documents or property
      9. False fire alarm and bomb threats
      10. Gang related activity
      11. Bullying

    Disciplinary records of active members will be checked periodically.  If an active member is found guilty of any of the above, the student will be dismissed from NHS.

    Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership. The Faculty Input Forms and the Student Activity Information Forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership.  A majority vote of the council is necessary for selection.  Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection through homeroom.  Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all newly selected members.  Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection.  This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings and participation in the chapter service projects.  Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter advisors, Belinda Privin or Andrea Patterson.


    Meeting Attendance:  General meetings and officer meetings are held the second Friday of each month beginning at 7:40AM.  An "alternative meeting" is held that same day at 3:20PM.  A maximum of 2 excused absences are permitted.  Excuses should be directed to Mr. Head, Ms. Bates, or the NHS Secretary.  Two unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the society.   Two tardies equal one unexcused absence.  Meetings are called to order at 7:40A.M, anything after 10 minutes will be considered an absence.


    Induction fees and Annual Dues:  There is a $10 induction fee for all new members.  Each year after the induction, members pay dues of $20,  Seniors will pay an additional fee later in the school year if they wish to purchase an NHS stole for the graduation ceremony. 


    If you have any questions, please call or email.


    NHS Advisors

    Tony Head
    Linda Bates
    School Phone:  770-288-3222


Last Modified on April 22, 2020