National Honor Society

Adviser: Mrs. Lee Belanger-Gonzalez
President: Molly Swihart
Vice President of Service: Jessica Kilmer
Vice President of Scholarships: Alan Frasheski
Secretary: Rachel Mutchler
Historian: Jake Fellman

 

Purpose

The purpose of this chapter shall be to provide members the opportunity to learn and apply the four pillars of the National Honor Society; exemplifying scholarship, displaying leadership, exhibiting strong character, and being of service to our Bradford and Kenosha community. 

Membership

Membership in the National Honor Society is a privilege, not a right.  Members are expected to participate in NHS activities including attending meetings, performing 30 hours of community service per semester, and active involvement in the two (semester 1 and semester 2) group service projects. 

Members will be selected annually by a defined process and may be dismissed from the group for specified reasons in conflict with the principles of the National Honor Society or with the Mary D. Bradford National Honor Society Bylaws. 

To become official, all potential members must pay a universal fee of $40.00 upon acceptance into the Mary D. Bradford Chapter of the National Honor Society. 

Selection of Members

The selection of members for the Mary D Bradford High School Chapter of the National Honor Society shall be conducted as follows:

  1. At the end of a student’s freshman year their cumulative GPA will be reviewed by the Chapter Advisor(s).  Student’s with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0000 will be notified by the chapter advisor and provided with a copy of the National Honor Society Application Form.  This form shall provide documentation of the candidate’s character, leadership, and service.
    1. Character- The six pillars of character are respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.  The following are also qualities that the council will consider: 
      1. Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
      2. Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, and stability).
      3. Upholds principles of morality and ethics. 
      4. Cooperates by complying with school regulations.  A student who has a documented record of school discipline will not be considered for membership unless he or she obtains a letter from the Principal assuring that his or her character is no longer in question.
      5. Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty, respect, and reliability.
      6. Observes instructions and rules, is punctual and faithful both inside and outside of school, and adheres to state and national law. 
      7. Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
      8. Actively helps to improve the school environment.
    1. Leadership- Leadership shall not be interpreted solely on the grounds of holding elective office or other traditional leadership positions.  A candidate who exercises leadership:
      1. Is resourceful in proposing new solutions to problems, applying principles, and making suggestions.
      2. Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities.
      3. Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals.
      4. Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school.
      5. Is able to delegate responsibilities.
      6. Inspires positive behavior in others.
      7. Demonstrates academic initiative.
      8. Successfully holds offices or positions of responsibility at school, work, church, social clubs, or other community organizations.
    1. Service- Service is considered to be those activities undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation.  Candidates must document evidence of community service performed during the 12 months prior to his/her consideration for membership.  A candidate who exercises service:
      1. Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice his/her time to offer assistance.
      2. Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities. 
      3. Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school or community.
      4. Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition.
      5. Performs committee and staff work without complaint.
      6. Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools.
      7. Volunteers services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.
  1. Completed NHS Application Forms shall be reviewed by the Faculty Council.  Students who fail to the complete the NHS Application or fail to turn the form in by the date set by the Faculty Council will not be considered for membership.
  2. Candidates who are selected for membership by a majority vote of the Faculty Council shall be inducted into the chapter. 
  3. Students who are selected shall be notified of their selection and given information regarding the induction ceremony and the obligations of membership in NHS.

NOTE:  If a student has been invited to join NHS at the beginning of their sophomore year, and they decline the offer, he/she will not be able to apply again.

President 
Role and Responsibilities

  1. Create meeting agenda’s with input from officers and advisors.
  2. Preside at all meetings of the NHS and meetings of the executive committee.
  3. Appoint necessary committees and delegate leadership responsibilities of service projects and activities.
  4. Preside at the Induction Ceremony and MC the activities.
  5. Represent the Bradford chapter of the NHS at all public appearances.
  6. See that the names of all persons in violation of meeting attendance, service hours, and the treasury reports are submitted to the NHS advisor(s) on a quarterly basis with the help of the secretary and treasurer.
  7. Help plan the calendar for the year.
  8. Maintain close communication with the NHS Advisor(s).
  9. Set an example of scholarship, leadership, character, and service for others to follow.

Vice President 
Role and Responsibilities

  1. Preside at all meetings and perform all duties in the absence of the President.
  2. Responsible for finding a meeting place and filling out the paperwork required to obtain a building permit.
  3. Responsible for organizing and planning the NHS induction ceremony.
  4. Coordinate and check on the planning activities of the various committees (ie Bradford First, Scrap Book Committee, Photography Committee) and keep the President and NHS advisor(s) informed of their progress and problems.
  5. Help plan the calendar for the year.
  6. Deliver the Induction Ceremony speech on “Character”.
  7. Set an example of scholarship, leadership, character, and service for others tofollow.

Secretary 
Role and Responsibilities

  1. Keep minutes of all meetings.
  2. Meeting minutes need to be typed and turned into the President and NHS Advisor(s) by the next NHS meeting date.
  3. Responsible for keeping accurate attendance records of all meetings, group service project participation, and community service hours.  These records need to be reported to the President and NHS Advisor(s) on a quarterly basis.
  4. Responsible for keeping a binder with all meeting attendance records, group service project participation, and proof of community service hours. 
  5. Deliver the Induction Ceremony speech on “Scholarship”.
  6. Set an example of scholarship, leadership, character, and service for others to follow.

Treasurer 
Role and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain with the NHS Advisor(s) a financial record of all income and expenditures made by the Bradford chapter of the NHS.
  2. These records need to be reported to the President and NHS Advisor(s) on a quarterly basis.
  3. Recommend fundraising activities and coordinate and plan all fundraising events.
  4. Responsible for organizing and planning the NHS group service project for semester I.
  5. Deliver the Induction Ceremony speech on “Leadership”.
  6. Set an example of scholarship, leadership, character, and service for others to follow.

Historian 
Role and Responsibilities

    • Assure that there is a collection of photographs from NHS activities, NHS meetings, NHS group service project, and Induction ceremony festivities. 
    • Responsible for organizing, updating, and decorating the NHS bulletin board on at least a quarterly basis (or as deemed necessary by the NHS Advisor(s)).
    • Responsible for coordinating press release information and photographs.
    • Responsible for organizing and planning the NHS group service project for semester II.
    • Deliver the Induction Ceremony speech on “Service”.
    • Set an example of scholarship, leadership, character, and service for others to follow.