National Honor Society

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NHS Faculty Advisors: Mitchell Dinse, mdinse1@isd761.org; Jacob Kringen, jkringen@isd761.org

How Can You Become an NHS Member?

All students who are eligible to apply to NHS (through the "scholarship" category outlined below) will be mailed a letter in late summer with application information. Students then must complete all parts of the application by the specified due date, including two recommendations from adult non-relatives (one OHS staff member and one from outside OHS). Complete applications will be reviewed by a faculty council made up of five to nine OHS teachers.

The NHS adviser will notify students and parents in late September or early October of their acceptance or non-acceptance into NHS. Those students who are accepted will be inducted at a formal ceremony in late October or early November, at which time they become full members of our NHS chapter, and they must complete the requirements throughout the school year to remain a member.

Eligibility Requirements

Students in grades 11–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by our school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership. Students must have been in attendance at OHS for at least a semester before they can apply for membership. Transfer students who were already in NHS will be automatically accepted into our chapter. Students must be on a graduation track at OHS to belong to the NHS chapter (students who take a class or two but will not graduate from OHS are not eligible to be in OHS National Honor Society).

Qualifications for the Owatonna High School chapter of NHS are outlined below, and are based on the four pillars of NHS:

  • Scholarship

Students entering 11th grade must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher, and students entering 12th grade must have and maintain a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

  • Service

This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation or school credit.

  • Leadership

Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

  • Character

The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Understanding the Obligations of Membership

Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. $15 in dues will be collected from new members and $10 from returning members. The current membership requirements are posted on this website along with our by-laws.