National Honors Society
The National Honors Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognized outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. Chapter memberships not only recognize students for their accomplishments, but challenge them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
The NHS selection process at Amherst High School begins with students who qualify for the 3.0 average GPA receiving letters allowing them to apply. Interested students must fill out the application providing information demonstrating volunteer or service hours, preserving an excellent record of behavior in and out of school and participating in leadership roles in school and/or community activities. From here, with the students who have applied and met the given criteria, high school teachers select an elite collection of students from this group. The students who make it should feel very proud to have been selected and those who did not make it are encouraged to apply the next year. We are proud to host a Red Cross Blood drive every year and a variety of other volunteer opportunities with our group.