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National Honor Society

The Maimonides chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at HBHA includes members from the Junior and Senior classes. Not only is NHS an academic recognition, but the chapter creates enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulates a desire to render service, promotes worthy leadership and encourages the development of character in students of HBHA. Selection into NHS is based upon a candidate’s outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Scholarship: Students in 10th, 11th or 12th grades with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 are eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character. Eligible candidates will be notified in writing each February.

Service: This quality is defined as the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, without direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. Candidates are expected to exceed the school’s basic community service requirements, and have NHS chapter community service obligations once selected as a member. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and are interested in being a member of NHS should have documented 50 hours of community service by the application deadline in March.

Leadership: Student leaders are often viewed as those students who are resourceful, good problem solvers, involved in and promoters of school activities, idea contributors, dependable, and who are both organized and organizers. Experiences to be considered under the leadership criterion can include activities that originate in the school or community. The chapter encourages participation and leadership in school activities.

Character: The student of high character can be said to be one who upholds principles of morality and ethics; is cooperative and responsible; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and is a good citizen. The Maimonides Chapter looks for students who uphold the school’s guiding principles.

Final selection is made by a five-member Faculty Council, which shall remain anonymous, and is appointed by the principal. Students are inducted into the National Honor Society in the spring during the Upper School Honors Assembly. Members are required to attend chapter meetings and to participate in a service project designed and implemented by the chapter. The elected chapter President will prepare the agenda for each meeting in consultation with the chapter advisor. Other chapter officers will be assigned specific responsibilities as the need arises.

For more information, contact Micah Margolies, Upper and Middle School teacher and the National Honor Society Adviser.