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National Junior Honor Society


What is National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.


Who is eligible for NJHS?

At CECFC Middle School, in accordance with national standards set by NJHS, students will first qualify for an invitation through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship. That means, students in 7th or 8th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher; as well as enrollment in or completion of Math 090 will receive an invitation to fill out a candidate information form. Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on his/her cumulative GPA (scholarship), he/she will not automatically be inducted into the NJHS.


Who chooses inductees into the NJHS?

After students fill out a candidate information form all of their qualifications will be reviewed by our Faculty Council. The Faculty Council is an anonymous group of faculty members who make final decisions about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS. The Faculty Council also serves as the group who determines if a student should be dismissed because of a failure to meet expectations in one of the five areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, or Citizenship.


What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?

Scholarship: Students who have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale); as well as enrollment in or completion of Math 090, as established by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship.


Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.


Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.


Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.


Citizenship: The student who displays citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement and has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the US form of government (representative democracy); and respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels.  He/She demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.


2017/2018  Schedule for the selection process:

  • September 7, 2017  Letters and candidate information forms are due at noon.
  • September 11, 2017 Candidate selection committee meets and makes selections.
  • September 18, 2017  Letters are sent explaining selection determinations.
  • September 26, 2017  Induction Ceremony at 6:30pm at CECFC High School.