NHS Points to remember:
Academic success is not the sole criterion for membership. There must also be evidence of sound character, leadership and service.
Scholarship is genuine intellectual curiosity and achievement as opposed to simply accumulating grades. The faculty council considers a student's course selections in choosing Torchlight members.
Honesty, integrity, maturity and a positive attitude are all components of good character. A "U" or an "N" in conduct in a year in which a student is eligible for consideration may disqualify that student from consideration for membership.
Leadership is not necessarily being the officer of a club, a star athlete or a cheerleader. Effective leadership can be exhibited in classes by students who set a good example for others. These students are consistently prepared for effective class participation. They are attentive and help to create a classroom atmosphere that is conducive to learning.
Service can be rendered in any number of activities that enhance the school environment and the community. The quality of service should outweigh the quantity. It is better to be a good active member of one organization than to be a token member of ten organizations.
Selection of members is by majority vote of the faculty council; therefore, no one person can effectively reject a student who is being considered. Every effort is made to be fair and objective in the selection process; but it is important to remember that no one is automatically entitled to membership.
If you have any questions about Torchlight policies or practices, please make an appointment to talk with Ms. Cheryl Adair, National Honor Society advisor.