Q: Why do you feel you are a strong candidate for selection to the NHS? How do u personally define scholarship, leadership, character, and service, and how do u exemplify these qualities?
A: The National Honor Society is an exceptional organization that allows students to help the needy, children, the elderly, and non-profit organizations. I would be excited to join such a society because of the limitless opportunities it presents to me. Joining NHS would allow me to grow as a person, and do as much as I can for others. Throughout my years as a student, I have shown great examples of scholarship, leadership, character and service that I believe would qualify to join this prestigious society.
As Wikipedia defines it, the word scholarship means academic study or achievement; learning at a high level. I consider myself a great scholar because of the way I strive for excellence. I always aim to be the best in everything that I do. As for effort, I make sure to fill my schedule with the most rigorous classes that I can handle. I have taken all honors classes since the beginning of high school, and I aim to continue taking honors and AP classes in the future to explore my true potential as a student. I have also been on the honor roll since freshman year at my local high school, which demonstrates my eagerness to perform at the highest level I can. I believe that every student should try their best in everything they do, as I have demonstrated. As a scholar, I believe I am qualified to join this society.
In addition to scholarship, I can definitely be considered a leader. Recently, I was invited to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. This invitation indicates that I place emphasis on standing out from the crowd and exploring the unique qualities that I believe I have. For example, I was fortunate enough to help create an Indian dance club at my local high school. This club is significantly important because it is the first dance club at my school. It allows members of all ethnicities and races to enjoy and learn Indian dance; effectively promoting cultural diversity. Besides school-related activities, I am bringing my passions to the outside community. One example of this is my role as a youth leader at the temple that I regularly attend. My role as a youth leader allows me to explore my interests in Hindu mythology with other members. I am able to translate this attraction into classical dance, skits, lectures, and musical instruments that help young members embrace their cultural identity.
I consider myself to have a great character to join NHS. I embrace all ethnicities and celebrate the differences within everyone that ironically brings us closer. I have a positive attitude that comes in handy when communicating with others. I definitely believe in the idea that each person shapes their own destiny. This means that I recognize the importance in always doing my best, so that I may shape my life into being what I want it to be.
Lastly, I have shown a desire to better my local community through volunteering in the medical field. I spent the last summer working at a home for the elderly, where I was able to listen to life stories, participate in activities, and understand the responsibilities of working in the healthcare field. I consider volunteering to be a valuable experience that has helped me become a better experience. I look forward to continue volunteering in the medical field in the future.
Due to my abilities and experiences as a student, I believe I can be considered a candidate for the NHS. I have demonstrated the scholarship, leadership, character, and service necessary to join the society. I hope I can be considered for placement in this prestigious organization.
Post edited by brownlover97 on
0· Reply·Share on Facebook
National Honor Society is a member of the Character Counts! Coalition. Through this activity, the society supports and recommends the use of a multi-faceted definition of character known as the “Six Pillars of Character.” A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Schools are encouraged to take this model, modify it to meet their local needs, and utilize it frequently in the work of their chapter.
In addition, it can also be said that the student of character:
· Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
· Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
· Upholds principles of morality and ethics
· Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
· Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
· Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
· Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
· Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
· Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
· Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.
Service is generally considered to be those actions taken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. In considering service, the contributions this candidate has made to school, classmates, and community, as well as the student’s attitude toward service can be reviewed.
The student who serves:
· Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
· Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
· Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
· Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
· Does committee and staff work without complaint
· Participates in some activity outside of school- for example: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged
· Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
· Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.
The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection. Some Faculty Councils may wish to interpret leadership in terms of the number of offices held in school or community organizations. It is important to recognize that leadership also exists outside elected positions including effective participation in other cocurricular activities offered on campus. Other Faculty Councils may define leadership in less objective terms. Leadership roles in both the school and community may be considered, provided they can be verified.
The student who exercises leadership: