Selection Procedures for the Class of 2022 & Beyond
2019 MembersThe NHS Faculty Council at Whitewater High School selects juniors and seniors with outstanding leadership, character, scholarship, service for membership in the National Honor Society during the fall semester of each year. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher are notified by the NHS advisor of their eligibility and encouraged to submit information if interested in membership. Faculty evaluation is used during the selection process in addition to a rubric and point system to evaluate the strength of a student’s candidacy. Students are selected by the NHS Faculty Council and become members by participating in an induction ceremony in November. To remain a member of the Minneiska Chapter, a student must continue to exhibit outstanding leadership, character, scholarship and service, attend monthly meetings, participate in service projects with the organization, and maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average while in high school.
Criteria for Selection


A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher is required for membership in the National Honor Society.


Student leaders are inspirational role models who motivate and influence others in a positive way. They model outstanding behavior, have an excellent conduct record, and are helpful problem solvers who know how to collaborate well with others. They have excellent relationship skills and speak up in support of people in need of help. Outstanding leaders are optimistic people who know how to inspire others to contribute in a positive way and make something extraordinary happen. Outstanding student leaders at Whitewater High School are responsible & dependable and work hard to make our school and community the best it can be. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. Three examples of inspirational leadership experiences that have had a significant influence on others must be described in essay form and verified with signatures from an adult who is not a parent.


Students with good character uphold principles of morality and ethics, demonstrate high standards of honesty and reliability, show respect for others and uphold an outstanding conduct record in school & community throughout the year. They make positive decisions and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students with outstanding character behave in a respectful manner at school, in the community, and through all forms of electronic communication. They follow school and community rules and influence others to do the same. Character will be evaluated by reviewing WHS disciplinary records, ratings and reflections from faculty members, and the candidate’s essay about character. Students who have received a code violation will be ineligible for membership in the National Honor Society for two calendar years. Students who have received a code violation warning will be ineligible for membership in NHS for one calendar year. A disciplinary record of detentions and misconduct will seriously jeopardize a candidate’s eligibility for selection.


Service activities are considered to be voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. Activities must be voluntary contributions to the school or community, completed with a positive & courteous attitude, and done without any form of compensation. Twenty hours of service must be documented on the Whitewater High School Record of Service form and verified with signatures from adult supervisors who are not parents or guardians. Students must also write an essay describing how the service projects completed had a significant positive impact on others.

School Involvement

Involvement in Whitewater High School activities and/or athletics is an important part of student leadership and the selection process for membership in the National Honor Society.


Requirements for juniors include:

*Verifiable participation in at least five activities at Whitewater High School during grades 9 and 10

*Involvement in at least one WHS activity during the semester of selection


Requirements for seniors include:

*Verifiable participation in at least seven activities at Whitewater High School during grades 9, 10 and 11

*Involvement in at least one WHS activity during the semester of selection

WHS activities acceptable for consideration:

Aerospace Jam Drone Team, Aqualba (Yearbook), Art Club, Club Jazz, Cheer, Computer Programming Team, Dance Club, Drama Club (WHS Players), Environmental Science Club, FFA, FBLA, FEA, Ferradermis (Robotics Club), Finance & Investing Club, French Club, GSA, International Student Exchange Club, Inuit Whippets, Key Club, Lead Dogs, Marching Band, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model UN, Octagon Club, Operation Click, Orchestra, Peer Mentors, Project Unity, Recycling Club, SADD, Science Club, Spanish Club, Solidarity Club, Solo & Ensemble Music Contest, Societe Honoraire Francais, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Student Council, Students for Justice & Peace, The Chord of the Rings (Men’s A Cappella), The Treblemakers (Ladies’ A Capella), The Voice (newspaper), The WHS Ringers (Bell Choir)

WHS Athletics acceptable for consideration:

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling

Selection Process Documents

Link to the Letter with Instructions:

Leadership, Character & Service Essays
School Involvement & Other Info Form:

Electronic Record of Service Form:

Obligations of Membership & Code of Conduct Form:

Selection Rubric: