The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Its mission was to create an organization that would recognize and foster academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership are ideals that remain as relevant today as they were in 1921. Membership in the Robinson School Chapter of the National Honor Society is earned through consistent demonstration of Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership.
Scholarship means a commitment to learning. An exceptional student is one who is willing to spend hours dedicated to his studies, because he appreciates the lasting benefit of an educated mind. Knowledge is one of the keys to success in later life, and it only can be acquired in one way – through diligence and effort. Learning furnishes the lamp that allows us to read the past, and the light, which illuminates the future. Each candidate has the charge to continually expand his world and the world of others through the opportunities inherent in scholarship. Students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 meet the basic scholarship requirement for membership in Robinson School’s National Honor Society.
Service is defined as the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, without direct financial or material compensation. As we know, the cumulative effect of volunteerism is enormous. Where one can do little, the synergy of a group committed to community service can be transformational. The NHS lauds the accomplishments of its members and holds them to a higher standard of participation in service initiatives.
The student of good character can be said to be one who upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative and responsible, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and displays good citizenship. The values and traditions of both school and community are considered when defining character. One is not born with good character. Rather, it is the end result of an individual’s willingness to strive on a continual basis to make wise and prudent choices, to struggle honestly with difficult issues and to work diligently toward becoming an independent, autonomous adult. Ultimately the measure of a person is the degree to which he is true to himself and fair in his dealings with others.
Leadership is about courage – the courage to dream big, the courage of conviction, the courage to go against traditional thinking and the courage to take risks without compromising values and principles. NHS leaders are often courageous students who are positive and optimistic, able to unite a group around a shared vision and find common ground between diverse people. The price of leadership is sacrifice – the willingness to yield one’s personal interests for the interests of the group. A leader has confidence in himself and will go forward when others hesitate. Leadership is always needed and is thus a charge to each of our members. Robinson School NHS expects our members to continue to act as a role model for other students and to provide inspiration to their peers. In addition, each candidate has the duty to continually expand his world and the world of others through scholarship, service, character and leadership.