James Sharer: NHS Membership

Posted: July 22, 2014 in Education, Society

James Sharer has always been an excellent student. As a Biology major at Pennsylvania State University, he has maintained a 3.74 grade point average and made the Dean’s list on three occasions. And when he was a student at Downingtown West High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, he earned a 3.66 grade point average and was a member of the National Honor Society.

The National Honor Society is the most prestigious organization in the United States for recognizing outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS singles out those students who have demonstrated excellence in the scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These are the characteristics that have been associated with membership in the National Honor Society since its beginning in 1921.

Membership in the National Honor Society is not something that comes easily. To become a member, students like James Sharer must be selected as a candidate by their local chapter’s faculty council. Students who meet the chapter’s cumulative GPA requirement are then considered for membership on the basis of service, leadership and character. Candidates are sometimes asked to complete a candidate form that has been created and distributed by their local chapter.

Membership in NHS is determined by a majority vote of the faculty council, following an evaluation of candidates’ qualifications for membership.

Membership in the National Honor Society not only recognizes students like James Sharer for their accomplishments. It challenges them to develop into the best citizens they can be, through active involvement in school activities and community service.


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