The National Honor Society

  • Image of the National Honor Society logo The National Honor Society is a nationally affiliated organization established in 1921 for outstanding and distinguished high school students. Each chapter within the organization, as recognized by the National Council, establishes its rules for membership based on a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four components are the foundation for the organization.

    In order to gain academic entry into the Douglas Byrd High School National Honor Society, a sophomore or junior must attain a minimum 3.7 (3.65) Weighted Grade Point Average. To maintain academic membership, a student must have a minimum 3.5 (3.45) Weighted Grade Point Average. If at any point a student’s Grade Point Average falls below a 3.45, then that student may be placed on academic probation. Additionally, if for any reason a student is placed on out of school suspension or expelled, that student may have their National Honor Society membership revoked.

    Seniors in the NHS meet on the first Thursdays of every month in the downstairs media center immediately after school. Juniors meet on the second Thursdays of every month in the downstairs media center.  Regular monthly meeting activities include the following:

    • activities emphasizing the importance of maintaining high academic achievement and character
    • our go-to book is the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
    • specifically discuss and describe the Junior and Senior Action Plans as provided by the College Board
    • the plan guides the students through school to college, provides advice on what to do and when, and how to track student progress
    • assist students in effectively managing their College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and College Board accounts
    • for Juniors, we use digital technology to provide insight into what college admissions officers are looking for in terms of admissions qualifications (done during the Fall Semester so that they may have ample time to prepare for Senior Year)
    • for Seniors, the Fall Semester meetings are dedicated solely to the college application process and deadline requirements; our meetings concentrate on the logistics of the application process; Ms. Pamela Leavy usually presents at these meetings, also
    • for Seniors, the Spring meetings focus on the FAFSA and the Financial Aid process and how to receive maximum award amounts;
    • all Seniors are given specific Senior Year guidelines for the College Application and Financial Aid process; we discuss these items monthly and use the COWS to search for Financial Aid resources applicable to the students
    • Junior activities include: how to create your high school resume, how to manage time effectively when involved in extracurricular activities and in preparation for AP exams (as dictated by the College Board), how to maintain a good rapport with teachers, and preparation for Senior Year College Application process
    • at all meetings, we discuss the importance of completing service hours on a semester basis and how to best achieve this goal

    Sponsor: Trisha Topping