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Helen M. Torrence Chapter, Edgewater High School

 Thank you for your interest in joining the Helen M. Torrance Chapter of the National Honor Society at Edgewater High School. Please see below for information regarding membership requirements, the tapping and induction process and how to maintain an active membership following induction into the Society.

 Membership Eligibility: Students will be tapped for application to the Society based on the following criteria:

GPA*: Minimum of a 3.5 weighted AND 3.0 unweighted

Community Service Hours**:

35 hours for tapped juniors

50 hours for tapped seniors

 *Students will be tapped to apply for membership based on GPAs pulled from Student Services. Applications are not available to the general student body, only those who meet the minimum eligibility requirements and who have been tapped to apply.                

**Community Service Hours must be documented with Student Services at the time of application. Hours will be verified as part of the application process.

 Tapping and Induction Process

November: Eligible students will be tapped and received application packets by the current NHS Executive Board.

December:  Completed application packets will be due to Mr. Vebert, the Chapter’s sponsor.

Mid-December: Candidates selected for induction will be notified, followed by a mandatory information meeting regarding the induction ceremony and NHS in general. 

January: The candle light induction ceremony will be held during the evening. All current members, officially tapped candidates for induction, family members, friends and community members will be invited. Candidates will become fully inducted Chapter members and will receive a membership pin and certificate as well as all the honors, privileges and responsibilities of being an NHS member.

How to be an active NHS member: All members are required to earn a minimum of 8 participation points per academic quarter. Earning additional points is encouraged, and additional points persist in subsequent quarters, although not subsequent academic years. Point opportunities are made available to members consistently and transparently. 

 Points may be obtained through the following activities:

  1. Attending a committee activity
  2. Attending an officer-based special activity
  3. Attending mandatory activities 

 Points are generally earned individually, but sometimes activities are worth 2 or 3 points. 

Failure to meet the point requirement during a quarter will result in probation for the following quarter, during which the member must earn the standard 8 quarterly points in addition to those points which they were deficient in from the previous quarter. A member with an unexcused absence from a mandatory activity will be required to earn two additional participation points by the following quarter.

 For example:
Quarter 2 - earned 6 out of 8 points; 2 points deficient 

Quarter 3 - must earn 10 points to remain a member of good standing

 All members may participate suggest and participate in additional activities for participation points per the approval of the committee leader and President. Members may not be on probation for more than one quarter during their membership; members who are placed on probation for 2 quarters will be reviewed for disciplinary action by the Executive Board, which may include dismissal from the Chapter.

 Full details regarding points, probation and dismissal procedures are described in the Society’s bylaws which are available on this webpage. 

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