• National Honor Society

    Ketchikan High School

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Below are some frequently asked questions that may help you understand what is required of prospective members and the application process.

    1.  Who may apply for membership

    To be eligible for selection for membership in National Honor Society, a student must be at least a junior who has been in attendance at Kayhi for at least one semester. If a student has not been at Kayhi for at least one full semester prior to his/her application, the principal at Kayhi may contact the principal from the student's previous school and, based on a recommendation, may waive the one semester requirement.

    2.  What are the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements for membership in NHS?

    Prospective members must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0. Current members must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain membership in NHS. Current members whose GPA falls below 3.0 are put on probation for one semester, ending with a review of the student’s GPA after the probationary period. Members on probation who do not raise their GPA above 3.0 after the probationary period are subject to faculty review and possible revocation of the student’s membership in NHS.

    3.  How do I apply for membership in NHS?

    Students who are interested in applying for membership in NHS are required to complete a membership application. An application may be acquired by asking the advisor, Mrs. Campbell or accessing the Google Form online.  The online form asks the student to provide information on extracurricular activities, leadership positions, community involvement, and service activities. If you have any problems accessing the form online, please see Mrs. Campbell.  

    4.  When do I apply for membership in NHS?

    An exact deadline date for applying is listed on the application, posted on Kayhi’s NHS page, and advertised via morning announcements. The application window is typically opened the first week of school and closes the last Thursday of September.  Again, exact dates are posted on the application and regularly announced via morning announcments.  Applications must be completed in full and submitted in on or before this deadline date, or the application will not be considered.

    5.  What process is used to select NHS members?

    The National Honor Society at Ketchikan High School inducts new members in the first semester of each school year. Prior to induction, prospective members are required to submit a membership application and a teacher recommendation. Each school year the Principal will appoint five members of the faculty to serve on a selection committee. Each member of the Faculty Selection Committee will vote independently on each candidate. Only those applicants receiving a majority of the Committee's vote will be admitted. The advisor is an ex-officio member of the committee and therefore does not have a vote. Students whose membership is accepted to the National Honor Society are installed at an induction ceremony during the fall quarter.

    6.  Besides scholarship, what are the other criteria for membership in NHS? 

    The National Honor Society requires members to demonstrate leadership in and outside of school, perform service to their school and community, possess a character of high morals and ethics, and demonstrate citizenship by their membership in school and community organizations. The Kayhi Chapter requires prospective members to list and describe their extracurricular activities, their leadership positions in these activities, their involvement in school and community activities, and the types and number of service hours performed in each of their high school years.

    7.  What are extracurricular activities?

    Extracurricular activities include membership in school or community sports teams, band, chorus, debate, Class Act, clubs, internships, part-time jobs, etc.

    8.  What is considered a leadership position?

    A leadership position is any position in which the student had to manage, motivate, and oversee other people. These leadership positions can be elected or appointed positions in student government, clubs, team captain, or community organizations. Leadership positions can be associated with a particular service or community project. Work-related leadership positions (such as store manager, assistant manager, team leader, etc) are also acceptable.

    9. What part does character play in the application process?

    Character is one of the four pillars of National Honor Society. A 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 clean disciplinary record.

    10.What are community activities?

    Membership in NHS requires active participation in the community outside of school. Community organizations include: Boy and Girl Scouts, Youth Court, Animal Shelter, community sports leagues (as a volunteer and not as a participant), service organizations like the Rotary Club or the Boys and Girls Club, professional groups like the Chamber of Commerce, Adopt-a-Highway or similar environmental groups or activities, local chapters of national charity organizations such as the American Cancer Society or American Red Cross, religious organizations such as church/synagogue/mosque, youth or mission groups, etc.

    Many of the activities of these types of volunteer organizations would fall under the “Service Hours” heading of the membership application. For instance, if you volunteered with the Pioneer Home two hours per week, you may list your involvement with the Pioneer Home in the “Community Activities” part of the application and the service hours performed as a Pioneer Home volunteer would be listed in the “Service Hours” section of the membership application.

    11.What are service hours?

    Service hours are the amount of time a student is involved in activities for which he or she receives no compensation. The student participates in these activities as a volunteer and with a “positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.” Compensation does not only mean a monetary reward. Service hours that are performed in order to receive or boost a class grade (including service activities for Government class) not be used as part of a student’s application to NHS. The exception to this is any service activity associated with the Boy/Girl Scouts or similar organization whereby the student is recognized with a badge or similar type of award or recognition.

    12.How many service hours do I need for membership in NHS?

    For prospective members to NHS, there is no magic number of service hours needed for admission to NHS. However, in reviewing the application of prospective members, the Faculty Council takes into consideration some factors concerning service hours. First, the Faculty Council looks at the overall commitment to service on the part of the student. In doing so, the Council

    considers whether or not the student participates in a number of different service projects and activities. Second, the Faculty Council considers if the student demonstrates a consistent commitment to community service. In doing so, the Council looks at frequency of the service activity (i.e. once a week, once a month, or once a year). Students who have participated in a number of service projects on a consistent basis throughout their high school career are looked upon more favorably than those students who have never participated in service activities or who do so on an infrequent basis.

    The good news is by living in Ketchikan, students have many opportunities to participate in service-related projects, organizations, and activities. A good place to start a search for volunteer opportunities is by simply googling “Volunteer and Ketchikan Alaska” or by vising the Borough’s volunteer Web page at: whttp://www.borough.ketchikan.ak.us/470/Volunteer. As volunteer opportunities become available, they will be listed on Kayhi’s NHS Web page and advertised via morning announcements.

    If accepted for membership in NHS, a student is required to perform 15 community service hours annually.

    13.I’m a freshman or sophomore, why should I care now about membership in NHS?

    If you think you might want to apply for membership in NHS in your junior or senior years, the NHS faculty sponsors advise you to start preparing now. What this means is you should become involved with school clubs and activities, research and start participating in volunteer organizations or service activities, maintain your GPA, and ensure you demonstrate strong character.

    The personal benefits of volunteering and community involvement surpass just NHS membership or even admission to college. Giving of yourself to the community fosters personal satisfaction and contentment as well as good citizenship. Your freshman or sophomore years are not too early to start a lifelong commitment to volunteerism.

    14. Does it cost anything to be a member of NHS?

    Dues are $15. By paying dues and remaining a member in good standing, you will receive a NHS member pin and certificate. You will also wear a National Honor Society sash at graduation and be listed in the graduation program as a member of NHS.


    15. Who should I speak to if I need more information on membership to NHS?

    The advisor is Mrs. Campbell.  She will be able to answer most questions you may have; however, it doesn’t hurt to speak to a current officer or member of NHS. The students will probably be able to give you advice on what service opportunities are out there for high school students. You may also visit the National Honor Society website at www.nhs.us if you would like to get information on the national organization of NHS.