Mayer Lutheran is a member of the National Honor Society.
- Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the junior or senior class.
- To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one year at MLHS.
- Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.60on a 4.0 scale.
- Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.
What is National Honor Society?
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization that elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four pillars have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1921.
Who can join NHS?
If you qualify to apply for NHS membership at Mayer Lutheran High, you will be notified via e-mail and hard copy by Mrs. Traska. Your parents will also receive an e-mail, notifying them that you are eligible to apply. The earliest you can qualify is upon completion of your sophomore year. The following initial requirements must be met:
- Must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher
- Must be a junior or senior
- Must have been attending MLHS for at least a year
If you meet these qualifications and are invited to apply for membership, you will need to complete an application on which you document your activities, both in-school and out of school, during your high school years, as well as your volunteer service hours in the past year. You are required to document at least 12 hours of service. In addition, you will need to submit a letters of recommendation from adults outside of MLHS. Upon submission of your application, a five-member faculty council will review your application and reflect upon your character and leadership. Scores are given for service, character, and leadership, and they are tallied and averaged with the GPA to determine whether you have demonstrated the necessary level of service, character, and leadership, in addition to scholarship, to qualify you for membership in the NHS.
Students who not earn a high enough GPA, do not have enough service hours, do not earn high enough scores in character or leadership, or miss the application deadline may have more opportunities to try again. Students will be invited to apply again after each semester that they earn a 3.6 cumulative GPA.
What can I expect once I am accepted?
Once your application is approved, you will be notified in person and via e-mail by Mrs. Traska. Your parents will also be notified by e-mail. You are then expected to attend meetings and participate in NHS activities. There will be an induction ceremony on an evening at MLHS to welcome you into membership during your first semester as a member.
What does NHS do?
Members of NHS use their God-given talents of scholarship, character, and leadership to serve and bless others in our community. We meet once a month to plan and organize service opportunities. Our meetings are currently taking place from 7:30-8:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. We maintain the two Little Free Libraries in Mayer on a regular basis. NHS students volunteer their time to tutor other students at MLHS. We do group service activities, such as going to Feed My Starving Children and organizing the entire student body to make cards for nursing home residents.
In addition to group activities, NHS members are required to continue to document at least 12 individual service hours per year to demonstrate their continued commitment to serve others.
In addition to being a service organization, National Honor Society is an honor to be a part of. Students should include NHS membership on college applications and resumes. There is a scholarship available to members of NHS. Members of NHS wear honor cords with their gowns on graduation day.
Members of the National Honor Society are leaders at Mayer Lutheran High School. If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to Mrs. Traska, the NHS Advisor.