Junior Honor Society
THE NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
THE LAUREL HILL SCHOOL CHAPTER
Qualified Laurel Hill School Middle School students are inducted into the Laurel Hill School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
The Laurel Hill School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (LHS-NJHS) was established in March of 2005. At that point, LHS-NJHS joined 200,000 students at 6,000 middle schools nationwide. NJHS was founded in 1929 to recognize and encourage high academic achievement in middle school students while developing characteristics essential to citizens in our society. The LHS-NJHS provides middle school students with an enhanced opportunity to develop in the areas of leadership, community and school service, character, and citizenship.
Demonstrated scholastic achievement and character are used as criteria for candidacy to LHS-NJHS. Any middle school student, with an academic average of 91% or above and Character Counts Points (CCP) of 91% or above, is invited to complete an application for LHS-NJHS. Applicants for LHS-NJHS must show participation in areas such as co-curricular activities, leadership positions in and out of school, service activities, and community activities. A Faculty Council evaluates the applicants and provides student guidance.
INDUCTION AND MEETINGS
A formal induction ceremony is held to welcome all the newly-selected members to LHS-NJHS. All members are required to maintain the same level of performance in all four criteria that led to the selection. The members attend regular meetings. At the meetings the students are required to develop an individual service project and to participate in a school service project.
LHS-NJHS members have coordinated an annual fundraiser for patients with leukemia and lymphoma and in three years have raised over $25,000. Individual service projects have included collecting supplies ranging from band-aids to books and games for hospitalized children; writing personalized birthday cards to residents at a local nursing home; creating stuffed socks with a smiling face to provide a child with something to hug when entering a hospital.
A project that gained national attention was a project to design and build a computer that would be user-friendly for the elderly and disabled members of the community. The students who developed the project were one of 8 schools recognized nationally by the Christopher Columbus Foundation. The students were awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World to present their project to a panel of judges.
The members of LHS-NJHS are invited annually to the Kids In Action Conference to hear motivational speakers and discuss situations relevant to middle school students. Upon returning, the members share what they have learned with other middle school students.
LHS-NJHS is committed to develop the leaders of tomorrow by recognizing students and encouraging them to be involved members of their school and local communities. As students leave LHS-NJHS and enter high school, they will have developed the pillars of academics, service, character, citizenship, and leadership that are prerequisites for the National Honor Society found in high school.