The National Honor Society has returned to Wayne School District! After a few years of non-existence, we are proud to inform you that we have (as of November 17, 2016) twenty-two recognized National Honor Society members in grades 10-12 at the high school, and we are working on getting the Junior National Honor Society together for 8th and 9th grade students.
Mrs. Nichol Stringham will be the advisor for both schools, and Mrs. Sherry Ellett will be helping to keep the club current and functioning. The National Honor Society is one of the oldest and most highly regarded clubs in America. The purpose of the National Honor Society 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. The Junior National Honor Society is to introduce younger students to the ideas of scholarship, service, leadership, and citizenship.
To be a member of either section of this organization, students are required to complete an application, write a short essay of interest and intent, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (and proof), collect a letter of recommendation from a current teacher, and be prepared to complete a significant amount of hours (per year) doing service work or volunteering.
The club itself rewards and promotes academic excellence. The purpose is not to reward excellence in academics, but to recognize those students who are making the extra effort to succeed. The organization is also very focused on serving others. It is a requirement for the National Honor Society that students have at least one individual service project to be completed throughout the course of the school year, as well as be involved in at least one school or community wide group service project. The Junior National Honor Society requires that students be involved in at least one school or community wide service project.
Students chosen to be members are also expected to be good leaders. Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
The final category chosen members are expected to participate in is character. A student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter must be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. There will be chapter meetings at least monthly (for both sections). Members will also have to give record of participation in service activities that benefit the school and the community.
—Nichol Stringham, Wayne High School