National Honor Society

Galion High School National Honor SocietyNational Honor Society

The objectives of the National Honor Society are to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in all students at Galion High School. To be eligible for membership, a junior or senior must have at least a 3.25GPA, show evidence of leadership and service in school and community, and earn superior character ratings from faculty. Each fall, a faculty committee reviews applications and makes selections from the field of applicants.  Induction of new members occurs in late November, and members meet on the last Friday of each month.

Membership in this society is a great honor, not a right.  Other honors conferred by the school are given because of specialized ability, skill, or talent; however, this organization looks upon education as a product measured by four standards:  scholarship, leadership, character, and service.National Honor Society supports the fundamental objectives for which schools are instituted, and it gives recognition to students who have attained most nearly those desired ends. Students who aspire to membership in the Society are encouraged to meet these four requirements.

To be eligible, a junior or senior must have at least a 3.25 grade point average and have attended Galion High School for at least one full semester prior to being considered for membership.  A list of those students meeting this criteria is distributed to faculty members who rate, on a 0-4 scale, only those students with whom they have had personal contact; student must have at least a 3.25 average on this evaluation.  Teachers do not rate scholarship; primarily, they rate character, using the ten guidelines recommended by the National Association: 

- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.

- Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality, i.e., cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability.

- Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, and so on.

- Upholds principles of morality and ethics.

- Demonstrates highest standards of honesty and reliability.

- Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.

- Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness in obligations both inside and outside of the classroom.

- Have powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance an application to studies.

- Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience of rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.

- Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences or environment.

- All students with a 3.25 average who are interested in the National Honor Society must submit an activity sheet showing their service and leadership in school an community activities.  This sheet, in addition to the evaluation by the teachers, will be used by the Faculty Council to determine membership.

- Students and parents need to understand that students have a right to be considered for membership but no right to be selected.  Selection is an honor bestowed upon the students by the Faculty Council that is entrusted with all decisions relative to selection and dismissal.