National Art Honor Society
Welcome to the RHAM National Art Honor Society page!!! You will find the chapter constitution, bylaws, and application form documents at the bottom of the page. Application forms including all requested materials must be returned to any art teacher by Tuesday Oct 1, 2019 to be considered for membership in the 2019-20 school year. Students will be notified via mail of acceptance and induction ceremony dates and info.
The National Art Honor Society is an international program dedicated to the recognition of exceptional art students in grades 9–12 that meet the art, academic, leadership, and character criteria asked of every NAHS member.
In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) program specifically for high school students, for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art in grades nine through twelve. Each year, thousands of students are inducted into the organization and in fact, at the end of the 2009-2010 school year; NAHS membership peaked at 43,334 total student participants with 1728 active chapters. The benefits to each school that can boast of a NAHS chapter are many. For starters, students are recognized for their work in the school environment and their success as visual art scholars. Second, the structure of the NAHS promotes student leadership and the opportunity for chapters to encourage volunteerism through the visual arts. The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.
The criteria for membership in the National Art Honor Society emphasize outstanding artistic scholarship and volunteer service to the school and community through development of artistic endeavors together with a strong moral character. By exemplifying these standards, the members of the society promote an awareness of art and become active participants in the education process at their school and in their community.
To become a member of the RHAM High School chapter of the National Art Honor Society, a candidate must fill out and return the application form attached above. The student’s completed application form must be given to the chapter advisors for approval and confirmation, at which time the student will be inducted as a new NAHS member. Once achieving NAHS membership, each student is expected to continue to meet the RHAM NAHS criteria, or membership will lapse until those standards are once again met. Yearly dues for membership are $5, payable at the first RHAM NAHS meeting. Each candidate for student membership is instructed in the aims, purposes, and programs of the honor society.
Membership requirements from By-Laws Article I:
I. Section 1 -- The selection of members to this chapter of the National Art Honor Society shall be by recommendation from the art faculty of RHAM Middle and High school.
I. Section 2 -- To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must be a RHAM high school student enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12, and have completed the equivalent to one semester of art at RHAM high school with a minimum grade of B.
I. Section 3 -- Students may apply for membership by requesting an application from Art Faculty.
I. Section 4 -- To remain a member in good standing, a member must attend monthly meetings, pay dues, and complete 15 service hours in the arts each year.
I. Section 5 -- Annual dues of $10 will be collected from each member at the start of the school year.
I. Section 6 -- To graduate with NAHS honors and earn the right to wear a cord, a member must remain in good standing until their graduation date.
I. Section 7 -- Members must maintain a B average in all art classes they’re enrolled in, to remain active.
I. Section 8 -- Members may remain active during such time when there are no visual arts classes on their class schedules as long as they fulfill all of the other requirements each year.
I. Section 9 -- In the event of an infraction, a review by officers and sponsors will be conducted. If the individual in question is an officer, he/she will not participate in the decision making process. This applies to all community laws as well as school and chapter rules.