National Honor Society

The purpose of the National Honor Society is four fold: 1) To create an enthusiasm for scholarships. 2) To stimulate a desire to serve. 3) To promote leadership. 4) To develop character.

Membership:

Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and responsibility. Students selected for membership are expected to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The national constitution defines several obligations for members. First, all members are to maintain the standards by which they are selected (continued performance at or above the required 3.0 GPA, involvement in service and leadership projects, etc.). In addition, the constitution expects members to attend meetings if called for, and perform both individual and chapter service projects during the year.

As a student at Western you have are invited to become a member of the National Honor Society, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additional requirements are 30 hours of service to your community, church, or school every semester and attendance at monthly meetings. Membership fees are $10.00 each semester; you can turn this in to Student Services at the start of each semester.

Leadership:

The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection. The student who exercises leadership:

  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, apply principles, and making suggestions.
  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities.
  • Exercises positive influence on peers.
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school.
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities.
  • Exemplifies positive activities.
  • Inspires positive behavior in others.
  • Demonstrates academic initiative.
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility
  • Conducts business efficiently
  • Demonstrates reliability.
  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities.
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.
  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.
Service:

Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student, which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.

The student who serves:

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance.
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities.
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school.
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and interscholastic competition.
  • Does committee and staff work without complaint.
  • Participates in some activity outside of school, for examples, Girl Scout, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.
  • Mentors persons in the community or students at other school.
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.

School Service

  • Organize a health fair
  • Run a school clean-up campaign
  • Award scholastic letters to deserving students
  • Usher at school or public events
  • Hold a teacher and staff recognition day
  • Participate in school evaluation programs
  • Help establish a new chapter of the National Honor Society at another school
  • Plan freshman and new-student orientation
  • Sponsor a library drive or other programs to bring new educational equipment into the school
  • Furnish student representatives for the various school committees
  • Organize a good sportsmanship guidebook
  • Set up a peer tutoring program
  • Welcome and orient new staff members
  • Collaborate with other co curricular activity groups on their service projects

Community Service

  • Organize individual or group tutoring programs
  • Make tape recordings for the blind
  • Establish a hospital aide program
  • Collect Christmas toys and supplies for hospitalized or underprivileged children
  • Sponsor a foster child
  • Develop a program of energy conservation
  • Volunteer to staff a community hotline
  • Promote ecology projects
  • Volunteer to be a day-care youth worker
  • Undertake a food drive for a local food bank or shelter
  • Conduct a bloodmobile with the American Red Cross
  • Support a homeless shelter by providing clothing or serving meals
Character:

A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. A student of character:

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics.
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, hall, etc.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability.
  • Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
  • Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance, and application to studies.
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.
Want to find out more?

Please feel free to contact Ms. Peterson, the N.H.S. Adviser, through the front office at

Email: tpeterson@westernchristian.org

National English Honor Society

WCHS Chapter Name: Cristen Boceres (Christian Scholars)

NEHS Motto: Gelast Sceal Mid Are (Duty Goes with Honor)

The NEHS motto, “gelast sceal mid are,” is Old English for: “duty goes with honor.” The motto represents one of the earliest forms of our language—it affirms and celebrates an obligation to use one’s gifts in service to others. Service to peers, school, and community are part and parcel of the NEHS mission–and, indeed, in the grammatical structure of the Old English phrase, “duty” actually precedes “honor.”

Description: The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and endorsed by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Individual high schools are invited to petition for a local chapter, through which individuals may be inducted into Society membership. Immediate benefits of affiliation will be national recognition, scholarship eligibility, and opportunities for national networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts.

California Scholarship Federation

Western Christian High School is a proud member of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF).  CSF emphasizes high standards of scholarship and community service for California high school students.  Founded in 1921, the California Scholarship Federation is the oldest scholarship institution in the state of California.

How does a student become a member of CSF?

Each year, our CSF adviser holds a membership meeting that is promoted to the student body. Students are advised by our school registrar and assisted in the application process.  Applications may only be submitted with the CSF adviser at the school. No applications are accepted in the state office.

Membership is based on the previous semester’s grades. Western Christian has a specific application used to compute student points. The completed application along with a copy of the student’s transcript or report card is submitted by the registrar to CSF.

Who is eligible to apply for CSF membership?

Upon completion of the first semester of the sophomore year, students may apply for membership. This is the first semester that counts towards CSF honor graduation.

What about 9th grade students?

Associate members are those students who are applying based on grades they earned as a freshman (applying in the spring after first semester freshman grades and the following September based on second semester freshman grades). These semesters of membership do not count towards graduating with honors.

An incoming 9th grader who was a CJSF Honor graduate from his/her middle school is granted immediate membership in CSF. The student must provide proof of the honor to the CSF adviser during the first membership drive. No other incoming 9th grader may be a member of CSF.

What is required to be a member?

Courses offered at WCHS are assigned a certain level of point (1,2, or3).  Students need a total of ten points to qualify for CSF membership each semester.  Our registrar, Nance Spencer (nspencer@westernchristian.org) will advise students of their eligibility.  A minimum of seven of the ten points must be from Lists I and II courses, with four of these points from List I. The additional three points may be from List III. Students may use up to five courses (25 credits) to apply for membership. However, a D or an F in any subject, even if not being used for CSF points, disqualifies the student for that semester.

List I are the academic, college prep courses that are within the state framework. List II are also academic courses that are not on List I, and List III are almost all other courses offered at the school with a few exceptions. For more specific information on the Lists, please refer to the CSF Bylaws, Article IV, Section 6.

Good citizenship is also a membership requirement.

Who maintains the membership information for my student?

Our registrar, Nance Spencer (nspencer@westernchristian.org) serves as the school’s CSF adviser. The state organization never receives the names of the members. There are over 150,000 students in CSF and CJSF each semester so the organization must rely on the chapters to keep track.

What is a CSF Life Member and how is this earned?

A Life Member is a student who has earned at least four semesters of membership based on grades earned in 10th through 12th, with one of the semesters based on senior grades. This is not automatic and is only granted to those who have submitted their applications and qualified for membership.

What recognition does a Life Member receive?

Students who are Life Members are to receive a CSF lamp pin, a gold seal on their diploma, and notation of the honor on the transcript. There are optional items available if the CSF chapter so chooses. In some schools these optional items are used to distinguish between active and inactive members or 100% members (students who have earned membership all six semesters 10th through 12th).[/toggle]