The school based procedures for the NHS application are governed by the National Honor Society, and are applied by each High School in Carroll County Public Schools. Each school chapter holds, independently, the right to admit and reject candidates for induction into NHS. Candidates do not apply for admission, but are selected by a faculty council, consisting of five (5) voting faculty members and chaired by a non-voting faculty advisor. As stated in the National Honor Society Handbook: “membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility”; and “parents and students must understand that no student has a right to be selected for membership in a chapter of the National Honor Society.” The below described documents are not an application, but a solicitation for information about the candidate in order to aid the faculty council in rendering a decision as to the eligibility of the candidate for induction into the National Honor Society.
All students who meet academic eligibility requirements will be notified and provided with:
- Carroll County Public School's NHS Eligibility, Selection, and Membership Guidelines
- Required Student/Parent Signature Form
- Student Activity Information Form
- This is used to evaluate the candidate's involvement in co-curricular, service, and community activites. Evaluations in this category are used to assist the faculty council in reaching a decision as to admission for the candidate. When completeing the information form, candidates should be as thorough and complete as possible. Only activities which candidates have participated in high school are considered. Candidate's will be evaluated on the following criteria for each category: co-curricular activites, service activites, and community activities.
- Four Sponsor Forms
- At least three forms must be completed by a high school's faculty/staff member.
- One Sponsor Form may be completed by an adult, community-based activity leader when appropriate.
- Optional Essay Form
- The essay section of the nomination form is optional. The essay can be used to supplement a candidate's nomination and aid the faculty council in their decision. The essay may also be used to explain a student's involvement in leadership, service, and/or character if you believe the Activity Information Form or Sponsor Forms may not entirely describe a candidate's qualifications in these areas. The essay may not exceed one page and must be the candidates sole work. Candidates must sign the essay to indicate their statements are truthful and the essay is their own work.