When the National Junior Honor Society was established by NASSP in 1929, the hope of the principals involved was to create an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. These ideals of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character remain as relevant today as they were in 1929.
Today, the National Junior Honor Society has become a prestigious organization, ranking high among administrators, faculty members, students, parents, and residents of the school community. Its reputation for excellence is the result of years of commitment on the part of everyone involved.
The purpose of the Mountain Ridge Junior High National Junior Honor Society shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in the students of Mountain Ridge. Through NJHS® chapter service activities, members maintain and extend the qualities that won them selection. Membership is thus both an honor and a commitment.
Selection to NJHS is a privilege bestowed upon students by the faculty of the school and not considered a right inherent to any student. Technically, students do not apply for membership in the National Junior Honor Society. Instead, they await a request or invitation to provide information to be used by the local selection committee to support their candidacy for membership. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council in each school on the condition of their having met the standards for selection established at the local level and based on the provisions of the national constitution. NJHS is more than an honor roll. Each member must demonstrate not only good grades, but also strength in each of the remaining four criteria — Leadership, Service, Citizenship, and Character. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance.
If you have questions or would like further information about NJHS®, please contact Jana Knittle, Chapter Adviser, at [email protected]