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General Information

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.  These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

NHS 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.

At Prairie Ridge High School, NHS strives to serve the school, the immediate community, and the world through activities such as tutoring, blood drives, volunteering at soup kitchens and retirement communities, and raising money for worthy causes such as Cancer Research, the Veteran's Association, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Students participate in whole chapter service opportunities as well as individual projects of their own choosing. In the past, these projects include volunteering for the Johnny Appleseed Festival, raising money for "Honor Flight" (so that WW2 Veterans can visit their new monument in Washington DC), bell ringing, Karaoke for Cancer, and spending time with senior citizens in the community.
Eligibility Requirements
Students in the first semester of their sophomore, junior or senior years who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher receive invitations to apply for membership.  Interested students are then required to complete an application requesting information regarding each student’s participation and leadership in school and community service activities.  Applicants are also required to obtain letters of recommendation from an extracurricular source regarding their leadership in an activity.  Based on application submissions, recommendations, and teacher evaluation of classroom leadership and character, a committee of faculty members annually selects new chapter members each fall. 
Joining Procedures
See eligibility requirements.  For more information, see Miss Lashway or Mrs. Brechbiel.
Time Commitment
Members must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher and complete 20 hours of community service (10 per semester) and 2 hours of school service (1 per semester) each school year.
General membership meetings are held monthly (see calender option to the left).  Required chapter service activities are held throughout the year.  Additional meetings may be called by the chapter executive officers or by the sponsors.
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 Sponsor Contact Info

Jameson Higginsjhiggins@d155.org
(847)-455-3860Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Jamie Buckjbuck@d155.org
(847)-455-3860Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).


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