National Honor Society

National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students of excellence. Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from its beginning in 1921: 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 the Hawthorne Christian Academy chapter of NHS.

Application Criteria

  • Member of the junior or senior class
  • Attended HCA for full academic year, prior to applying for membership
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 point scale with no course grade lower than a 2.7 from the previous year
  • Discipline record with no more than 1 lunch or after-school detention/school year

Membership Obligations

  • Attend monthly NHS meetings
  • Regularly participate in an annual chapter-level group service project(s), including the planning, organization, and execution of project(s)*
  • Participate in an individual service project for a minimum of 5 hours per year*
  • Submit a NHS Service Completion Form and a copy of completed HCA Christian Service Evaluation Form to the faculty adviser no later than May 15 to document required service hours for both NHS and HCA
  • Maintain the stated Membership Application Criteria
  • Exemplify integrity and school ideals, exert positive influence on peers, and cheerfully render service
  • $20 annual membership dues (Fees assist funding for NHS membership card, commencement honor cord, and chapter dues)


I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands; I will be loyal to my school , and will maintain and encourage high standards of Scholarship , Service , Leadership and Character.