National Honor Society
To meet the requirements for induction into the National Honor Society (NHS), the student must first and foremost have a 90 average for all core classes at Awty in Upper School. The student must also display the four tenets of NHS, which are:
SCHOLARSHIP---Scholarship means each student has a commitment to learning. We should continue to learn even when formal education has ended, for education ends only with the end of life. Knowledge is the one great element in life that can lead to the highest success, and it can be acquired in only one way—through diligence and effort. Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past, and it is the light which illuminates the future.
SERVICE---Service can be described in various ways. In the routine of the day’s work, many opportunities arise to help others. Willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation or recognition, is the quality we seek in our membership. We are committed to the idea of volunteering our time and abilities to the creation of a better tomorrow.
LEADERSHIP---Leaders should exert a wholesome influence on the school. In taking the initiative in class and school activities, a real leader strives to train and aid others to attain the same objective. The price of leadership is sacrifice—the willingness to yield one’s personal interests for the interest of others. A leader will go forward when others hesitate. Leadership is always needed; thus, to lead is an essential charge to all our members.
CHARACTER---Character is the force within each individual that distinguishes that person from others. It gives each person a unique individuality. It is the force of character that guides one through life. Character is achieved and not received. It is the product of constant action, daily striving to make the right choices for the right reasons. Character is who we are when no one is watching. By demonstrating such qualities as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship, we seek to prove, as living examples, that we value character.
At the end of the second term of each year, students who qualify for induction based on grades will receive a letter of application, via email, for induction into NHS. Following receipt of the application, a faculty committee will convene to review the applications and make the final decision on the students to be inducted. The students who pass the faculty review will receive an acceptance letter via email as well.
The faculty sponsor of the NHS is Angela Glidewell, who can be contact for any questions or further information.
To maintain membership in NHS, the following requirements must be met:
You must maintain a cumulative average of 90+ for the core classes.
You must earn ten service points per year. The points can be earned in the following ways:
- Short meetings once per month from September to April (one point each meeting)
- Important info on projects is disseminated
- To be announced throughout the year (one point for every hour)
- There will be at least six more service projects not to mention there are multiple things that can be done around the campus. The projects will include both the Awty community as well as the city of Houston itself. Officers will be required to help initiate service projects.
Seniors must participate in at least one Awty-sponsored service project, but are allowed to use extra CAS hours to fulfill the ten-point requirement. If seniors do not meet the ten-point requirement, they will not receive their honor cords.
Written notification will be given mid-year regarding your status academically and in regards to service points. The second notification will occur just after spring break. If the requirements are not fully completed by the end of the school day on May 10, then the faculty committee will proceed with the dismissal of the student if they are a junior. Any senior student who does not meet the requirements will not receive their honor cord. The above requirements and standards are in compliance with the official NHS guidelines.