The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, Fairview's NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Ms. Karen Nieb and Mr. Darren Bessett sponsor the FHS chapter of the National Honor Society. The school chapter inducts members via teacher recommendations. Because the meetings are infrequent, members are expected to attend every meeting, and they must complete 20 hours of community service each semester both on their own and with other members of the society. The Society’s purpose is threefold:
- To give back to the community with service;
- To propagate important character values throughout the school and ensure that members exhibit exemplary conduct to this end; and,
- To provide a conduit for aspiring school leaders to realize their goals with volunteers.
The Four Pillars of NHS
» Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of a 4.0 (on a weighted scale) or equivalent standard of excellence, or a higher cumulative average set by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character. (SM West National Honor Society)
Scholarship is characterized by a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend the necessary time to cultivate his/her mind in the quest for knowledge. This pillar can only be achieved through diligence and effort. Scholarship means always doing the best work possible, regardless of impending reward. (Green Hope High School National Honor Society)
» Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. (SM West National Honor Society)
Leaders take the initiative to aid others in a wholesome manner throughout their daily activities. Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others. Leaders need wisdom and self-confidence to effect change in all aspects of their lives. Some examples of leadership can include, but are not limited to leading group activities in the classroom and in the community, being an officer in a club, being a primary chair or drum major of the band or orchestra, or being the captain of a sports team. (Green Hope High School National Honor Society)
» Service: Service is defined as a student's voluntary actions done on the behalf of and for the benefit of others. These actions are always done without any recognition or compensation for the student. The most essential aspect of Service is to not only continuously contribute, but also to contribute in a positive manner and with much enthusiasm. Fairview's National Honor Society plans to organize at least one chapter service project this year.
» Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. (SM West National Honor Society)
Character is what distinguishes one individual from another. It is the product of constant striving to make the right choices day after day. Students with good character demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship in all of their actions. (Green Hope High School National Honor Society)