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The selection process for new membership is conducted after the completion of semester one during junior year. Those students who are in the top 15% of their class, which demonstrates their scholarship, are notified by a letter that they are eligible to begin the selection process.
If a student indicates that she/he wishes to be considered, the student reads the by-laws, completes the Student Activity Forms, writes two essays: one focused on service and one on leadership. The high school community (teachers, administrators, secretaries, cafeteria staff and custodial staff) may offer feedback on each candidate. The Faculty Council, comprised of five core teachers, determines which candidates meet the criteria for selection in the categories of service (progressive pattern in both community and school), character, and leadership; they also review feedback from the community. The adviser than notifies each candidate in writing of the decision regarding her/his selection.
NHS members are required to complete eight hours of service each quarter in their senior year.