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Union Middle School's National Junior Honor Society is an 8th grade student leadership and peer tutoring program. 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. -NJHS.us


There are four pillars Union Middle School NJHS will seek to uphold:

  • Scholarship - Scholarship is characterized by a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend the necessary time to cultivate his/ her mind in the quest for knowledge. This pillar can only be achieved through diligence and effort. Scholarship means always doing the best work possible, regardless of impending reward.


  • Service - The pillar of service can be reached in a variety of ways. The willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition of any kind is a quality that is essential in NJHS members. As a service club, the National Junior Honor Society is highly concerned with giving its all to the school and community at large.


  • Leadership - Leaders take the initiative to aid others in a wholesome manner throughout their daily activities. Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others. Leaders need wisdom and self-confidence to affect change in all aspects of their lives. Some examples of leadership can include, but are not limited to, leading group activities in the classroom and in the community, being an officer in a club, being a primary member of the band or choir, or being the captain of a sports team.


  • Character - Character is what distinguishes one individual from another. It is the product of constant striving to make the right choices day after day. Students with good character demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship in all of their actions.


The current advisor of Union Middle School's NJHS is Mrs. Sherrianne Herninko.

Contact: sherninko@rutherfordschools.org