National Honor Society
To meet the requirements for induction into the National Honor Society (NHS), a student must have an average grade of 90 or above 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. By taking 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.
The faculty sponsor of the NHS is Angela Glidewell, who can be contacted 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 core classes.
You must earn three service points per year. The points can be earned in the following ways:
- To be announced throughout the year (one point for every hour)
- There will be at least six more service projects, in addition to volunteer opportunities available on campus — including recycling, gardening, composting, assisting in Lower school and at track meets, etc. 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 three-point requirement. Seniors must meet the three-point requirement in order to receive their honor cords.
Students will receive notification regarding academic status and accumulation of service points at mid-year. The second notification will occur just after spring break. The faculty committee will dismiss from NHS membership any student who does not meet membership requirements fully by the end of the school day on May 10. The above requirements and standards are in compliance with the official NHS guidelines.