The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 to create an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.
Membership in NHS at ELHS is based on outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Juniors and seniors who have maintained a 90 (not rounded) cumulative average since 9th grade, with at least 2 semesters at ELHS, are invited to apply in the spring. In the application, students must document at least 10 hours of service in three areas (school, community, leadership). Faculty recommendations (nine including all seven current teachers) make up the third part of the application. The application is reviewed by a Faculty Council that does not include the sponsors of NHS. Membership is determined by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. Selected students are inducted in an evening ceremony at ELHS.