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Honor Society Awareness Month – March 2023

Honor Society Awareness Month is observed in March. The National Honor Society (N.H.S.) is an American nationwide organization for high school students comprising many chapters across American high schools. To get selected to be in the N.H.S., the criteria of excellent academics, leadership, service, and character must be satisfactorily met. The National Honor Society requires members to have experience rendering some community service either to the immediate community, school, or other organizations. This makes up the monthly requirement for hours of service. National Honor Society groups most notably take an active part in community service activities. They also elect officers, who coordinate and manage the chapter as a student organization.

History of Honor Society Awareness Month

The National Honor Society of Secondary Schools (N.H.S.) was established in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (N.A.S.S.P.) to recognize and encourage outstandingly excellent academic performance at the high school level. The N.H.S. was modeled after the Phi Beta Kappa which is the undergraduate collegiate contemporary. To extend this honor to younger students at lower school levels, the National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools (N.J.H.S.) was established in 1929.

The National Honor Society is one of the best-recognized co-curricular activities for American high school students whose essential development over the 20th century, has now come to be acknowledged and accepted as an integral part of education in the U.S. The National Association of Secondary School Principals, (N.A.S.S.P.), re-emphasized the status of the student activities in its 1996 report titled “Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution.”

However, in the early 20th century, some of America’s leading educators expressed reasonable concern regarding the seemingly enormous amount of attention to social and athletic activities in American schools, as against scholarship. Responding to this, a group of educators embarked on the establishment of local and regional societies to recognize academic excellence.

Phi Beta Sigma was one of the first academic societies founded by scholarship-centered educators, and it was founded in 1903 at South Side Academy in Chicago, Illinois. The famous Cum Laude Society was then organized shortly after, in 1906, at Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland. The establishment of the National Honor Society itself was a result of the determination of a group of educators to ensure that scholarly activities remained at the core of the American educational system.

Honor Society Awareness Month timeline

1903
Phi Beta Sigma is Founded

The academic society, Phi Beta Sigma, is established.

1906
Cum Laude Society is Established

Shortly after the establishment of Phi Beta Sigma, the Cum Laude Society is established.

1921
National Honor Society is Established

The National Honor Society is established.

1929
The N.J.H.S. is Established

The National Junior Honor Society for younger and mid-level American students is created.

Honor Society Awareness Month FAQs

When was the N.H.S. founded?

The National Honor Society was established in 1921, over 100 years ago.

How does one get into the N.H.S?

The academic requirement for joining the National Honor Society is a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. Other requirements such as leadership and community roles also come into play here.

Is the N.H.S. worth joining?

When considering the many opportunities for members of the National Honor Society such as networking, and the development of leadership skills, it would not be far-fetched to say that joining the N.H.S. is worth it if and where possible.

How to Observe Honor Society Awareness Month

  1. Tip a scholar

    The idea of National Honor Societies is about encouraging scholarly performance at various levels of academic pursuit. If you know a student on the N.H.S., you can give them a tip.

  2. Do some academic research

    One of the things on which academic excellence thrives is research. In the spirit of Honor Society Awareness Month, you could embark on some academic research yourself.

  3. Join the conversation online

    There’s likely to be quite the buzz on social media all through the N.H.S. Awareness Month. How about joining in on the online conversation?

5 Facts About The National Honor Society

  1. The N.H.S. has a million students

    There are about a million students in the National Honor Society.

  2. It is pivotal to academic excellence

    Being a member of the N.H.S. is pivotal to a student’s academic pursuits.

  3. The N.H.S. is more than just academics

    In addition to academics, the N.H.S. teaches its members values such as leadership and community development.

  4. Material benefits

    Membership in the N.H.S. comes with substantial material benefits.

  5. The N.H.S. is over 100 years old

    The N.H.S. is over 100 years old, having been established in 1921.

Why Honor Society Awareness Month is Important

  1. It provides academic recognition

    The National Honor Society gives recognition to some of the most brilliant students in America. We love this!

  2. It’s prestigious

    Membership in the N.H.S. is usually accompanied by a great deal of prestige and some privileges. If you can, join today!

  3. It provides lifetime networking opportunities

    Members of the National Honor Society have the opportunity of making connections. These networks could last a lifetime.

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