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4 Pillars of NHS

The Four Pillars of the National Honor Society


A student exercises leadership when he or she:

  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles and making suggestions
  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • Exercises a positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities
  • Inspires positive behavior in others
  • Demonstrates academic initiative
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability
  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, or in other school or community activities
  • Is dependable in any responsibility accepted


The student who serves:

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, andis willing to make sacrifices to offer assistance
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
  • Enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition
  • Does committee and staff work without complaint
  • Participates in some activity outside of school, for example Scouts, religious groups, volunteers services for the elderly, poor or disadvantaged
  • Mentors in the community or students at other schools
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, administrators and students


The student of character:

  • Consistently exemplifies positive an desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • Cooperates by complying with all school policies and regulations and codes of student conduct
  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty, academic integrity, and reliability
  • Regularly exhibits courtesy, concern, and respect for others
  • Complies with instructions and rules, and displays personal responsibility.


The student of scholarship:

  • Shows a commitment to learning
  • Is willing to spend time studying, reading and completing homework
  • Knows the lasting benefits of a cultivated mind
  • Pursues learning outside of the classroom and school environment
  • Exemplifies the highest levels of diligence and effort
  • Looks for opportunities to engage in scholastic events
  • Understands that knowledge is to be shared and does so through involvement with others within and outside of the classroom
  • Understands that asking questions is part of the process of learning and is not ashamed of asking for assistance from a peer, teacher or mentor