National Honor Society
Students contribute time and service to Cretin-Derham Hall and the community. Members are selected based on a GPA of 3.75 or better, participation in school and the community, and faculty/staff recommendations.
The National Honor Society chapter of Cretin-Derham Hall is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who demonstrate outstanding performance in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students are selected to be members by a Faculty Council, appointed by the Activities Director, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the CDH faculty each April. Council membership varies from year to year, and is confidential.
Students in grade 11 are eligible for membership. An invitation to apply for NHS membership depends on the scholarship criterion: GPA of 3.75 or better at the completion of 2nd trimester of junior year. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to submit a Student Leadership and Service Information Form and a personal statement. Detailed requirements for each of these items are outlined below.
This information, along with students’ disciplinary records, will be carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified of selection or non-selection according to a published predetermined schedule.
Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Council must do so in writing to the Activities Director by the published deadline. Students should address any areas of weakness regarding the four criteria in their appeal. The Faculty Council will reconvene to review appeals.
Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held in the Commons 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 during the school year, participation in the chapter service project, completion of a minimum of 25 hours of service between induction and August 28, and completion of an additional 50 hours of service during senior year by April 1.
Membership in the National Honor Society is a privilege, not a right. Students may be dismissed from NHS for major disciplinary infractions, a drop in academic performance, lack of attendance at monthly meetings, or failure to complete the required service hours. Students who fail to meet the requirements will be warned and given time to improve. The Faculty Council, along with the Assistant Principal, will determine whether dismissal is appropriate by majority vote. This decision may be appealed. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for NHS membership.
Students or parents/guardians that have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the NHS adviser, Mr. Steven Tacheny, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download an Application Form: Available here.
In order to better assess students’ Character, candidates are asked to submit a Personal Statement explaining who they are and for what they stand. The Character Counts! Coalition defines a person of character as someone who demonstrates the “Six Pillars of Character”: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. In addition, the CDH National Honor Society demands that its students exemplify the seven CDH Values: Catholic, Academics, Leadership, Community, Service, Diversity and Equity. Students may submit a one-page essay, a short personal video, or an original musical or artistic piece.
Faculty Committee: A faculty survey follows application. Then the faculty committee will review submitted materials and announce induction during the first week of May.
Tips for Candidates
- Do not miss the deadline. NO LATE MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
- Provide adult supervisor names and contact info to substantiate all of your claims of service. Your parents should only sign items in which they were directly involved. Under no circumstances should you forge signatures. If someone is totally unavailable, write an explanatory note.
- All materials submitted to the Faculty Council must be an honest and accurate portrait of you, free of exaggeration or invention.
- Note: To be eligible for consideration for membership, candidates must have spent at least two trimesters at CDH.
Events and Deadlines
Week of March 18, 2019 – Notification of Eligibility sent to Juniors who earn 3.75 GPA in second trimester
April 5, 2019 – Application Form and Personal Statement due for eligible, applying Juniors
Week of April 15, 2019 – Notification of Selection or Non-selection mailed to Juniors
April 22, 2019 – Deadline for Appeals for Juniors not selected
April 28, 2019 – Formal Ceremony for NHS Graduating Seniors
Week of May 6, 2019 – Notification of Appeals Decisions Mailed to Juniors
September 2019 – Induction Ceremony for incoming seniors who have completed their summer service hours