National Honor Society

Patoka National Honor Society

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The National Honor Society chapter of Patoka is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Students are selected for membership by majority vote of a five-member council, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each twelve months.

Students in grades 10-12 are eligible for membership. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.  Minimal requirement for leadership or service is participate in at least two student activity organizations (only 1 can be a sport, the other needs to be another organization, FFA, FCLA, Science, Yearbook, Art, etc) and 10 hours of documented school or community service. Each Spring those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Candidate Form that provides the faculty council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service.  

To evaluate a candidate’s character, the faculty council obtains additional professional input. First, official school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are requested to provide their professional reflections on a candidate’s service, character, citizenship, and leadership

These forms and the Candidate Forms are carefully reviewed by the faculty council to determine whether each candidate meets the criteria for membership.  A majority vote of the council is necessary for selection. Following a review of the results of the Faculty Council voting by the principal, candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.

Following notification, an induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held monthly during the school year, and participation in the chapter service projects.

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