National Honor Society is sponsored jointly Ms. Cheryl Heaton and Mr. Jason Anderson at Ponderosa High School with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. It is an honor-service organization and membership is approved by the staff based on NASSP standards for scholarship, character, leadership and service. Additional information can be found at www.nhs.us

To be placed into the selection process for National Honor Society & to maintain membership after selection:

1. Student must have cumulative grade point average of 3.5
2. Student must be a Junior or Senior
3. Student must have attended Ponderosa High School for one semester. If student moves in at the senior year and can get verification from previous school that membership in National Honor Society was possible, he or she may be considered at Ponderosa.

Students with 3.5 will be given the Student Activity Information Form. It is important that they complete this form to give Faculty Council information. The information on this form is used only for informational purposes by the Faculty Council Selection Committee.

Names of prospective new members will be placed on the Faculty Evaluation Form which is given to all faculty members. Teachers who have had the student in the past or have the student presently will be asked to comment on the student in the areas of leadership, service, and character. These ratings are confidential.

These guidelines will be suggested.

The student who exercises leadership: 
  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions 
  • Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities 
  • Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals 
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school 
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities 
  • Exemplifies positive behavior in others 
  • Inspires positive behavior in others 
  • Demonstrates academic initiative 
  • Successfully holds school offices or position of responsibility, conducting business efficiently and effectively, and without prodding, demonstrates reliability and dependability 
  • Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities 
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted 


The student of service: 
  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude 
  • Participates in some outside activity: Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged; family duties
  • Volunteer dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance 
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school 
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition 
  • Does committee and staff work uncomplainingly 
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students 

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously 
  • Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • Uphold principles of morality and ethics 
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability 
  • Show courtesy, concern, and respect for others 
  • Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom 
  • Has power of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies 
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by mistakes of others 
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment 

This input will then be used by the Faculty Council in their process of selection.

Initiation, blackballing, hazing, or the like are expressly prohibited as part of the selection process of any National Honor Society activity whatsoever.

The Faculty Council will be appointed by the Principal and will contain teachers from the following areas: Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Foreign Language.

Upon selection by the Faculty Council the new members will be notified by mail in October of each year.

This selection process is recommended by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in the National Honor Society Constitution under Article IX, Section 4.