National Honors Society

Moderator: Mr. Jim Walsh


De Smet Jesuit High School recognizes and honors students for outstanding achievement. The highest recognition bestowed is through membership in the De Smet Jesuit High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. This recognition is achieved through a selection process based upon exemplary scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility.

Students selected for membership are expected to continue to demonstrate these core qualities.

A committee selected from the De Smet faculty will consider each student’s scholarship, developing character, service to community, and leadership qualities to confirm induction into the society. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the faculty council. The following guidelines will help give further definition of leadership, service and character.

Students are eligible for NHS membership if they demonstrate academic achievement with a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or higher. Students who meet the GPA requirement will receive notification of eligibility in September of their junior and senior year.

Students seeking membership should demonstrate a history of active participation in at least three services to De Smet Jesuit High School. Students have many options for fulfilling this extracurricular requirement including competitive MSHSAA sports as well as a variety of service oriented clubs. Clubs must organize and execute at least one service activity in order to qualify for the service requirement.

In addition to service performed while fulfilling De Smet Jesuit High School requirements a student should be able to cite additional service to the school or community, since the beginning of sophomore year, for a minimum of 10 hours. Eligible students are responsible for completing a student activities information sheet and documenting their service/activity hours.

Along with the scholarship and service requirements, students must also receive favorable ratings for leadership and character. All teachers, support staff, deans, guidance counselors, club sponsors, and coaches have the opportunity to rate a student for leadership and character. Students of good character have integrity with no record of cheating or intentional dishonesty or of violating any school regulation. They exhibit positive behavior and promote positive attitudes and cooperation and a willingness to assist classmates and faculty members. Student leaders are viewed as resourceful, dependable, positive people who are able to solve problems and contribute ideas. These leaders are involved in school activities and encourage involvement in them.

All National Honor Society members are expected to maintain membership requirements of the National Honor Society, including GPA, and to take part in National Honor Society service projects. The Faculty Council may dismiss any member failing to fulfill these obligations.

Dismissal will result in the removal of the NHS designation from school records.