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.



    More Than an Honor Roll


    While NHS membership is the true mark of academic achievement, it goes far beyond a report card. All student members must also reflect the program’s respective pillars to be inducted—ideals such as scholarship, service, leadership, and character—and they must continue demonstrating these pillars within their community throughout their membership.



    Tools for Your Future


    An NHS chapter brings with it exclusive tools and resources for you the student that not only helps you in your endeavors as NHS member, but leave a lasting impact on you as an active citizen with long-term goals. With NHS, you unlock:


    • Service Mindset and Action. Members get unlimited access to service planning templates and resources, including nearly 10,000 project ideas in the National Student Project Database. This creates a “give back” mindset and weaves continued service into the everyday of a learning community.

    • College and Career Readiness Webinar Series. Live webinars on the college admission planning process give student members and their parents access to valuable advice directly from admissions experts.

    • #Futuready Leadership Development. These online modules help NHS students prepare for the future, providing support to build skills such as empathy, critical thinking, and leadership.

    • NHS Scholarship. Each year, $2 million dollars are awarded to 600 deserving student members, with the national winner taking home $25,000 to help them achieve their higher education dreams.

    • Badges of Honor. NHS students can receive a digital badge that will boost their college applications, LinkedIn profiles, and more.



Last Modified on February 12, 2021