National Honor Society is a member of the Character Counts! Coalition. Through this activity, the society supports and recommends the use of a multi-faceted definition of character known as the “Six Pillars of Character.” A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Schools are encouraged to take this model, modify it to meet their local needs, and utilize it frequently in the work of their chapter.
In addition, it can also be said that the student of character:
· Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
· Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
· Upholds principles of morality and ethics
· Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
· Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
· Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
· Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
· Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
· Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
· Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.
Service is generally considered to be those actions taken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. In considering service, the contributions this candidate has made to school, classmates, and community, as well as the student’s attitude toward service can be reviewed.
The student who serves:
· Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
· Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
· Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
· Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
· Does committee and staff work without complaint
· Participates in some activity outside of school- for example: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged
· Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
· Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.
The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection. Some Faculty Councils may wish to interpret leadership in terms of the number of offices held in school or community organizations. It is important to recognize that leadership also exists outside elected positions including effective participation in other cocurricular activities offered on campus. Other Faculty Councils may define leadership in less objective terms. Leadership roles in both the school and community may be considered, provided they can be verified.
The student who exercises leadership:
I am honored to be among the top students with an opportunity to be involved in National Honor Society. I believe that I represent distinguished character with academic initiative, qualities that exemplify a leader, and a superior representation of Barbers Hill High School.
I feel my eagerness to do well in school helps prove my exemplary character. Being a cheerleader and a straight A student can sometimes be hard to juggle. While taking three Pre-AP courses and one AP course, I maintain high averages in all seven of my classes, even while attending practices and games on school nights. I try to get ahead as much as I can for nights I have to cheer, and make an organized study schedule for tests and quizzes. I uphold my averages by attending tutorials- before and after school- when I need extra help. Before I leave for a school-related absence, I ask all my teachers for any work I will miss, which keeps me from getting behind when I return. My top priority is my grades, and I am self-disciplined to keep them up.
I believe I exhibit characteristics that assist in my development as a role model for others. This year, I represented the Junior Varsity Cheer squad as Captain. My job was to teach the newcomers cheers, help my coach with anything she needed, relay information to my teammates, and be a leader for the team. I believe leadership is not about one person, but the whole group in a team effort. I listened to my team member’s ideas, worked with them to make plans for games and pep rallies, and represented a good example off the field. I am spirited in my beliefs and opinions, but I am willing to see others’ insight and input, which I believe makes me a great leader. I was raised to be courteous and respectful to adults. By saying “please”, “thank you”, “yes ma’am”, “no sir”, and many other polite phrases, I establish respect with my coaches, teachers, and administrators. I am honest and truthful by not cheating on school work whatsoever, and I feel like this is majorly important for high-achieving students. I am cautious of what I say off campus to my friends and what I post on social media because they are a direct reflection of my integrity and personal values. To be a leader and role model for my school, personal qualities are essential.
Finally, character is distinguished by how they represent their school on and off campus. While at school, I follow dress code regulations because they represent our school’s excellence and appearance as a whole. If people from outside of our district were to enter our High School, I believe they would be impressed by how professional and appropriate our students look. Giving good attitude and work ethic to my teachers inside the classroom displays my respect for adults, which I was brought up to do. Outside of school, I represent the Barbers Hill “brand” everytime I wear that sparkly uniform at football, basketball, and volleyball games. I realize that the way I act in that uniform directly shows our school’s morals, and I take pride in representing BHISD appropriately.
Character is shaped by ones academic drive, personal morals, and representation of their school, all of which I believe I possess. Once again, I am proud and honored to be a top contender for the National Honor Society.