National Honor Society
The National Honor Society provides membership for eligible 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Selection is based on four criteria: Scholarship (cumulative average,) Leadership, Service (two activities minimum) and Character. Students who show distinguished performance in all four areas may be admitted to the NHS. In accordance with the National Constitution, no single area is sufficient to assure selection. Once a student becomes a member, he/she is responsible to remain a member in good standing in all four of the areas listed.
Selection to the Honor Society is decided by a faculty committee as determined by Honor Society policy guidelines. Membership in the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a student. The NHS has worked hard to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and community. Chapters across the nation strive to give practical meaning to the Society’s goals of scholarship, leadership, service and character. These four ideals are the criteria which will be used for selection to NHS.
No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Honor Society strives to recognize the total, well-balanced student: one who excels in all of these areas. Membership, however, is more than an honor; it carries with it more than certain privileges. It involves a responsibility and an obligation to demonstrate those outstanding qualities which were considered in your selection. The National Charter of the National Honor Society mandates that those inducted into any local chapter of the National Honor Society must maintain an active membership. This is defined by the Panama Pi Rho Chapter By-Laws as punctual attendance in at least 80% of the monthly meetings, and documented participation in both the ongoing service projects as well as some of the specific service activities announced throughout the year. In addition, the Panama High School NHS member must not violate the Code of Conduct, and must maintain a minimum 85% GPA.