NJHS Sponsors: MARA HEIDEMANN & Laura Walpole
The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929.
To learn more, visit the official National Junior Honor Society site.
Cornerstone Academy follows the standards outlined below for induction into NJHS. Official criteria are available in the CSA NJHS by-laws, linked below. By-laws are subject to approval and updates by the Faculty Council. Seventh grade teachers begin the paperwork necessary for the selection process in April and new members are inducted in a ceremony taking place each May. Participation in the program begins the following school year and only 8th graders are active members. All members are required to attend meetings and participate in service projects throughout the school year.
Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 85 percent or equivalent standard of excellence, or a higher cumulative average set by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership and are assigned points for their grade point averages using a sliding scale. GPAs are determined following the 5th grading period of the school year during the 7th grade year. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership,character, and citizenship.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.