About NHS & NJHS

The National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations recognizing outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS and NJHS are proudly sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The NASSP-the preeminent organization and national voice for middle level and high school leaders-also sponsors the National Association of Student Councils (NASC), which promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower students to serve their schools and communities.
How Chapters Operate

Local chapters of the Honor Society are governed by two sets of documents: The National Constitution and the local chapter bylaws. The NHS National Constitution and NJHS National Constitutions were developed and are monitored by the National Council that serves as the governing body of the national organizations. The day-to-day administration of the Societies is undertaken by the staff of the national office.

All chapters must adopt and abide by the provisions of the National Constitution, per their chartering agreement with the national organization. The National Handbook, available from the NHS sales office, elaborates on the items found in the Constitution—including an outline for local bylaws—and provides guidance for advisers in applying the Constitution to their work with their chapters



ARTICLE I Name and Purpose

Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the Luverne Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools.

Section 2. The object of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in pupils of Luverne High School.

ARTICLE II Membership

Section 1. Membership of this chapter shall be known as honorary and graduate.

Section 2. Membership in this chapter shall be based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Section 3. Candidates eligible to election in this chapter shall have a GPA of 3.25 points based on an 4 point scale. They shall have spent at least one year in Luverne High School. If a student transfers to Luverne as a member, such membership will not offset Luverne’s quota.

Section 4. Five percent of the sophomore class, five percent of the junior class, and five percent of the senior class may be elected following the end of 3rd quarter.

Section 5. A list of all sophomores, juniors and seniors meeting the above stated requirements who have applied will be presented to each faculty member at the end of the 3rd quarter. Faculty members will rate the eligible students on leadership, character and service. Results of the ratings by the entire faculty and information concerning offices held and honors attained by eligible students will be made available to the faculty council. This will assist the faculty council in making final selections.

Section 6. Any member who falls below the standards which were the basis for his election shall be especially dealt with by the faculty council. If he/she is finally suspended by vote of the faculty, his/her emblem shall be returned to the school.


Section 1. The election of members to this chapter shall be by the faculty council consisting of four or more members selected by the principal.


Section 1. Each member of the Luverne Chapter shall be entitled to wear the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools as a gift from the school.

Section 2. Any member who withdraws or is dropped from the chapter shall return the emblem to the school.

ARTICLE V Amendments

Section 1. The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the faculty council.

ARTICLE VI Standing Rules

Section 1. The faculty council shall sponsor an initiation ceremony to be held during the month of May.

ARTICLE VII Ratification

Section 1. This constitution goes into effect upon the ratification of two-thirds of the faculty council.

Ratified Fall 2009