The purpose of the National Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, and develop character in students of secondary schools. Students become eligible for membership at the end of their sophomore year. Letters of invitation and candidate information packets are sent to 11th-12th grade students who have a cumulative 3.75** GPA (Effective August 2013). The National Honor Society Faculty Advisory Council then reviews each candidate’s community service* and leadership experience, references, and discipline records to determine whether or not a student is qualified for membership in NHS. Students become NHS members through an official induction ceremony. Upon admission, NHS members must maintain the standards by which they were elected to membership. Members are expected to attend monthly NHS meetings and participate in all Chapter events. Wearing the NHS collar at graduation is a very high honor and is based on maintaining the four ideals: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.*Effective August 2012, students are required to present evidence of 25 cumulative clock hours of community service at the time of Candidate form submission. Dues are $30.