2018–2019 National Honor Society Officers
- President: Nicholas Dee ’19
- Vice President: Olivia Rampello ’19
- Secretary: Tory Hanlon ’19
- Treasurer: Fiona Kelly ’19
History of the National Honor Society (NHS)
Tireless in service, Foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation, Nano Nagle spent her days teaching the children, and her nights caring for the sick and the elderly, bringing them food, medicine and comfort. Captivated by the spirit of the poor she served, she often visited with them late into the night. Lamp in hand, she’d return home making her way among the winding lanes. Before long, Nano became known as the “Lady of the Lantern.”
When the NHS was founded in 1921, its objectives were to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in the nation’s secondary school students. Its motto was Noblesse Oblige, which is a French phrase meaning nobility obligates.
Now over 90 years later, the NHS has become a prestigious organization, ranking high among administration, faculty members, students, parents, and residents of the school community. Therefore, membership in NHS is both an honor and a commitment. In the active member’s senior year of high school they are eligible to run for a NHS office. Our Nano Nagle chapter has four offices: president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. Each officer has a specific job that he or she must carry out and then document in their end of the year portfolio.
Any sophomore or junior student at St. Bernard’s High School who meets the scholarship requirement of attaining a GPA of 3.70 (class of 2015 and beyond) is eligible to become a candidate of the Nano Nagle chapter of the National Honor Society. Once the candidate forms have been submitted, the Faculty Council will consider each candidate on the basis of service, leadership, and character. The Faculty Council will then select the students that they feel demonstrate outstanding performance in all four criteria: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
The criterion of scholarship describes someone with a commitment to learning. Scholarship can be acquired in only one way, through diligence and effort. National Honor Society students must display this effort and attain a GPA of 3.70 (class of 2015 and beyond).
The criterion of service describes someone who has a willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without compensation or recognition. Each National Honor Society member must complete a minimum of 20 hours of out of school service per year. A lengthier reflection of service project is required for the end of year portfolio.
The criterion of leadership describes someone who is a real leader and strives to train and aid others to attain the same objective. A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate. Leadership is always needed, which is why it is a quality in each and every National Honor Society member.
The criterion of character is something that one achieves, not receives. Character can be achieved by demonstrating respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Character is one’s individuality.
Once new members are selected, they will become an official part of National Honor Society at the annual induction ceremony. After the ceremony, they will be considered active members and will attend the monthly general meetings with our chapter adviser, Mrs. Christie Driscoll.
Even after selection, active members are expected to continue to demonstrate the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. If necessary the Faculty Council can discipline or dismiss a member who no longer meets the criteria.
NHS members are expected to participate in a majority of NHS activities throughout the school year. A narrative of each event is expected. End of year portfolios are due no later than April 6, 2019.