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The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
Established in 1929

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.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS and NJHS. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

The Swansboro Middle School Chapter of National Junior Honor Society inducts rising 8th grade students who have maintained a 95% average during their 7th grade year. However, grades alone do not ensure membership into NJHS. Students must be recommendation by a teacher for their demonstration of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. If students receive an application from a nominating teacher, it must be completed and returned by the date indicated. The NJHS Faculty Council, which consists of the NJHS adviser and five appointed teachers, carefully review all nominees. Students who are invited to be members of NJHS receive a letter inviting them to the induction ceremony that takes place at the end of the school year.

As a member of the National Junior Honor Society at Swansboro Middle School, there are several requirements students must meet. First, students are required to maintain a 95% average. Grades will be checked every three weeks corresponding to interims and report cards. If a student’s overall average falls below a 95% during this time, the student will be put on probation and be given three weeks to improve their academic status. After that time, if the student’s average has not returned to the minimum requirement, the student will be required to meet with the council to discuss the potential of being dismissed. Second, students are required to exemplify good citizenship and character. If a student receives ISS or OSS for any reason, the student will be immediately dismissed. Third, NJHS members must complete 30 hours of community service by the assigned date. Community service is a required activity of all NJHS members and is a means of demonstrating the acceptance of the responsibilities, of demonstrating strong citizenship, building good character, developing leadership skills, and increasing civic involvement. Members are responsible for completing the NJHS Community Service Record to document all hours. Along with the student’s community service hours, all NJHS members are required to complete a community service project that will be presented at the end of the year NJHS Awards Night. It is indeed an honor and privilege to be a part of this prestigious group of outstanding students of the National Junior Honor Society.