Stillwater NHS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is NHS?

First and foremost, NHS is a service program. We help and service our school and our community.

Is there a time commitment?

Yes, students will be expected to volunteer as much and as often as possible. Aside from meeting every other week, students are expected to complete 10 service hours per semester and over the summer.  During the school year 2 of these hours are expected to be in-school hours. Hours also must be turned in on time.

Do service learning hours count toward the 20 service hours for NHS?

No. If a student is earning hours for their service learning requirement they can not “double dip” and use those hours toward their NHS requirement.

For more information: Please check out the National Honors Society website at www.stillwaternhs.wordpress.com

If I was in NJHS at the middle school, will I automatically be in NHS at the high school?

Participation in NJHS is not an automatic “in” into NHS at the high school level. Entry into NHS is based on what the National Honor Society considers the “four pillars”: scholarship, leadership, service and character.

I am an incoming freshman, can I apply to NHS in my 9th grade year?

No, NHS at the high school level is reserved for sophomores, Juniors and Seniors ONLY. If eligible, students will be notified in February of their Sophomore year and invited to apply. After the application is completed and reviewed, students will be notified of acceptance/non-acceptance into NHS.   They are then invited to attend the induction ceremony in late March/early April.

What “qualifications” does a student need to have in order to be invited to apply to NHS?

Juniors need at least a 3.65 GPA to be invited to apply and Sophomores need a 3.85 GPA. They will then fill out an application listing their service and leadership qualities, as well as an essay and teacher recommendations about their character.

If I am not accepted to NHS as a sophomore, can I re-apply as a junior?

Yes, many juniors who are not accepted as sophomores will re-apply in their Junior year – as long as their grade point average is still a 3.65 or higher.

What can I do as an incoming freshman to help get into NHS as junior/senior?

There are many things. First, get good grades! Second, they speak up in class, take control in group projects, etc. to demonstrate leadership abilities. If you are active outside of school (extra-curricular sports, church, etc.) I encourage you to take charge and even create your own fundraising program, etc. Leadership is one of the crucial elements of the NHS application, and frequently the reason most students do not get in.



Spring Coffeehouse Volunteer Info

Spring Coffeehouse is right around the corner, and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities coming up to fulfill the mandatory participation requirement and get in some fun service hours!

Friday, 4/28: Coffeehouse poster-making in the Language Plaza (across from Becky’s room, E112) right after school. This should last until about 3:00 and will count for around an hour of school service.

Tuesday, 5/2 – Friday, 5/5: Lunch ticket sales happen this week! Sign-ins for volunteers will be at lunch, meaning that NO prior sign-ups are available – it’s first come, first serve. Five sellers are needed per lunch each of the four days. You will only be signing in for ONE day at a time, so please let other members volunteer as well if they have not gotten their requirement in! Volunteering for ONE lunch period will fulfill your Coffeehouse participation requirement; however, each lunch counts for only 30 MINUTES of school service!

Friday, 5/5 (SHOWTIME!): Sign up for volunteer positions HERE

IF YOU CANNOT VOLUNTEER AT THESE TIMES, you can make flowers to decorate the Black Box! Every set of 10 flowers counts as 30 MINUTES of school service, and fulfills your Coffeehouse requirement. They can be as simple or as decorative as you want 🙂

REMEMBER that if you did not participate in the Spring Blood Drive due to limited space, you must participate in Coffeehouse. Individuals who did not participate in the Blood Drive will be given priority over members who did, but members who participated in the Blood Drive and cannot participate in Coffeehouse will NOT be penalized – we understand that our volunteer space is very limited compared to the number of members! 🙂

New Meeting Updates!

This Tuesday’s (18th) meeting will be held at 7:10 in the GYM! This is new because of our new members! We will be holding Junior elections for Senior Officers and Vice President at this meeting!

We will also be holding an additional mandatory meeting the following Tuesday (25th) also at 7:10 in the GYM where Sophomore elections for Junior Officers will be held – ALL members are expected to attend BOTH of these meetings!

NHS Officers for the 2017-2018 School Year

NHS Officer Nominations for the 2017-2018 school year are NOW OPEN! Please contact an officer or Becky Mazzara to nominate yourself or another current Sophomore/Junior to be:

  • a Junior/Senior Officer
  • the Vice President (current Juniors only)

Please include your nominee’s contact information as well (phone number, email, etc) so we can send them a message about their nomination. They will not be informed about who nominated them. Nominees must accept their nominations by April 18th in order to be considered a candidate.

Newly inducted Sophomores/Juniors ARE ELIGIBLE to nominate or be nominated for an officer position!

Members that accept their nominations will be asked to give a short speech about themselves at the April 18th (VP/Senior Officers) and April 25th (Junior Officers) meetings, and will then be voted on by the group as a whole. Elected officers will be announced at Spring Coffeehouse, which is on May 5th.

Please consider your prospective workload for next year and think carefully about whether or not you or your nominee would be a good candidate and successful NHS Officer. It is an important commitment, but it’s very fun and very rewarding!