National Junior Honor Society

Induction Ceremony is May 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym. Please mark your calendars!

2017-18 NJHS Meeting Dates:

  • September 28

  • October 26

  • November 30 (No December meeting!)

  • January 25

  • February 22

  • March 22

  • April 26: No regular meeting; Trip to UNC-Chapel Hill on this day

  • May 1 *Volunteer Hours Due

  • May 22 Induction Ceremony, 6:00 p.m., Auxiliary Gym

What is 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 also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

 (Source: National Junior Honor Society site:

 Who is eligible for NJHS?

  • At Topsail Middle School, in accordance with national standards set by NJHS and additional requirements established by the Pender County Schools Board of Education, students will first qualify for an invitation in the area of scholarship. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of a 3.75 or higher in core subjects during their 7th Grade year.
  • Students invited to apply must also demonstrate exemplary character both in and out of the classroom. Students should have no previous or pending legal actions or discipline incidents resulting in multiple ISS or single OSS assignments during the previous school year.
  • Students should have missed fewer than 10 days of school (for any reason) during their seventh grade year.  Any applicant with more than ten documented absences will be considered for induction with the understanding that for every day absent over ten days, two (2) hours of additional community service must be completed before the end of the 8th grade year.  As an example, if the student missed 14 days as a 7th grader, 8 additional hours of community service must be completed during the year. This student must log 23 hours of community service in total to be inducted during the May ceremony, as all members must log 15 service hours throughout the school year. Students may not have more than 15 absences in seventh grade to be eligible to apply.
  • Students must complete the application and provide examples of their accomplishments in the areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. No student will be considered without completing the application.  

 Who selects members into the NJHS?

A school committee comprised of teachers and administrators will review applications and select students for membership. Students will be selected as members in the fall and officially inducted into the society at a ceremony in May once all requirements are met.

 What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?

  • Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative average of a 93% or higher 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 7th grader, what can I do to become a better candidate for NJHS in 8th grade?

One of the best things you can do as a 7th grader is to have a solid work ethic and earn strong grades.  You should work diligently every day in school as your 7th grade average determines your eligibility in 8th grade. Be mindful of your absences—studies show that students who attend school regularly and minimize time absent are more successful! Also, become involved in school clubs and activities, follow all school rules, and be a great role model for other students. These will help you earn strong teacher recommendations.  In addition, outside of school, you can begin to track community service hours (work in which you don't receive some form of pay) in order to strengthen your application.


What do you do in NJHS?   

The goal of NJHS is to build leaders, encourage scholarship, and participate in service activities.  We hold required monthly meetings after school where a variety of topics will be discussed. Guest speakers will attend some of our meetings to share information on high school and college planning or careers in various fields.  Each year our group takes at least one field trip to visit a university setting. This year’s trip is still in the planning stages, but in the past we’ve toured UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Wilmington.


How do you get inducted?

Students must maintain academic performance and character standards throughout the year and complete required community service hours:

  • At the end of each marking period, NJHS members will submit their grades for review. Students who fall below required academic standards will be placed on probation. Any student who falls below standard for two consecutive marking periods will be dismissed from the group. Students must maintain a 3.75 average across core content classes.
  • Students cannot face legal action, multiple ISS assignments, or a single OSS assignment at any point during the year to remain a member of NJHS. 
  • Students may not miss more than one (1) monthly meeting to remain a member. All absences must be accompanied by an email explanatiion. 
  • Students must also complete a minimum of 15 community service hours prior to the induction ceremony in May. This service must be documented on the log sheet provided. Service requirements will be explained at the group’s first meeting. Service level awards will be given at the May Induction as follows:
    • Bronze Award: 15 hours
    • Silver Award: 16-34 hours
    • Gold Award: 35+ hours

Subpages (1): NJHS Calendar