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National Junior Honor Society

Center Grove Middle School Central National Junior Honor Society   Welcome to the CGMSC NJHS website.  Here you will find a lot of great information that explains the National Junior Honor Society, and the requirements of candidates and members.  
What is the National Junior Honor Society?
Established in 1929, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of  the nation's premier organizations 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, Character, and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS (High School) and NJHS (Middle School). NHS and NJHS 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.

(Taken from Accessed 12/10/11)  

Who is eligible for an NJHS invitation?  

NJHS is for 8th grade students.  Eligibility is based on the 6th and 7th grade years.  At CGMSC, 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.  7th grade students must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 on a 4 point scale by the end of the 4th nine weeks of the 7th grade year.
  • have no more than 6 unexcused absences for the 7th grade year.  Excused absences are not taken into account.
  • have no significant discipline issues.

Students will automatically receive an invitation and instructions for application if these criteria are met .  Invitations are sent out in the 4th nine weeks of the 7th grade year. 

Where can I find my GPA?

All GPA's are found on Skyward.  

What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?

       Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 (on a 4.0 scale), 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, and character (and citizenship for NJHS).

       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.

If I'm a 6th or 7th grader, what can I do to become a better candidate for NJHS by the 8th grade?   One of the best things you can do as a 6th or 7th grader is to have really strong grades.  You should work hard every day in school because, as an 8th grade inductee, you will qualify in the area of scholarship based on your grades in 6th and 7th grade!  Also, becoming involved in school clubs and activities, coming to school,  following all school rules and being a great role model for other students will give you strong teacher recommendations.    Service Hours:

How many hours do I need? 

  • 18 hours in total, 6 hours over the summer and 3 hours per 9 weeks. 

Need some ideas?

Great Ideas! Not So Great Ideas
  • Volunteering for a non-profit, such as a food pantry.
  • Volunteering at a faith-based organization, such as a church or synagogue.
  • Volunteering for school events, like Veteran’s Day or the concession stands. 
  • Volunteering for community events, such as   fun runs.
  • If you are in doubt, just ask!
  • Helping a teacher with odd jobs, such as taking papers off the wall.  If you have a large project to help with, ask Mr. Shadday first. 
  • Babysitting your family members.
  • Anything you get paid for.
  • Chores around the house or for family members.