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The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. At Washburn prospective members are invited to apply in the fall of their junior year. To be considered, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and be able to demonstrate a commitment to Washburn High School, the community at large, academic excellence, and extra-curricular participation.  If admitted, students engage in community service, tutoring, and maintaining high academic standards.

What does Service, Leadership, and Character really mean?

The National Honor Society standards require that a student:

  • 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 inter-scholastic competition
  • participates in some activity outside of school: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth groups affiliated with religious institutions, volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged
  • mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
  • shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.

According to the National Honor Society standards, the student who exercises leadership:

  • is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
  • demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals
  • contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • is able to delegate responsibilities
  • exemplifies positive attitudes
  • inspires positive behavior in others
  • demonstrates academic initiative
  • successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; and demonstrates reliability and dependability
  • is a leader at work and in school or community activities
  • is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
  • is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude.


Each eligible student will be evaluated by the faculty and administration according to the National Honor Society standards for good character, which state the student of character:

  • takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • upholds principles of morality and ethics
  • cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
  • demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • shows courtesy, concern and respect for others; observes instructions and rules
  • exhibits concentration 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



National Scholarships
Washburn's NHS is an affiliate member of the national body of National Honor Society. Each year they offer several scholarships. To learn more go to: