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National Honor Society (NHS)

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization for high school students. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship (academic achievement), leadership, service, and character. These four pillars have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1921.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, US Territories, Canada, and around the world. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

As such, NHS chapters and students are in schools that care not only about student achievement, but also community engagement. NHS students and their peers volunteer in their communities and make connecting with and serving within the community a priority.

Link to 6 Pillars of Character: The Paul R. Rainey chapter of the NHS uses the CHARACTER COUNTS! description of character that is commonly accepted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to guide character development.