What is National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Established in 1929: The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS and NJHS. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. www.nhs.us.


Who is eligible for NJHS?

At Smith Jr. High, in accordance with national standards set by NJHS, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship. Students going into 8th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 will receive an invitation of eligibility to fill out an application.


Who chooses inductees into the NJHS?

After students fill out an application and teacher evaluations are completed, our Faculty Council will review all of their qualifications. The Faculty Council is a group of 5 faculty members who make final decisions concerning NJHS membership. The Faculty Council also serves as the group who determines if a student should be dismissed because of a failure to meet expectations in one of the five areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, or Citizenship.


What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?


Scholarship: Students, who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, as established by the minimum standards of the National Constitution, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character and citizenship


Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, reliable, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. The student is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions; Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals.


Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary, dependable and well-organized contributions made by the student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit. Works well with others. Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.


Character: The student with good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.  A student with good character takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.  Candidates for NJHs cannot have days served in ALC, or been suspended from school.


Citizenship: Respects freedom, justice, and the American form of government. Also, demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, 4-H community organizations, and school clubs.


What do you do in NJHS?

The goal of NJHS is to build leaders and do services other than that, the activities are up to the NJHS members and Executive Council. This can include service projects, fundraisers, leadership activities, and team building activities.


Other Information

  • Annual dues of $10.00 are required from each student.  If a student is selected for membership in NJHS and is not able to pay these dues other arraignments can be made.  
  • Students can pick up an application packet from Mr. Bustamante (rm 105)
  • Application packets are due by August 17, 2018


Eric Bustamante

National Junior Honor Society Sponsor

480-472-9962, Room 105