National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

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The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is an organization that recognizes not only academic achievement but other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. At Essex High School any 8th grade student can become eligible for membership into the Honor Society. Students are expected to complete community service hours and be active volunteers at Essex High School. 

One requirement for membership is scholastic eligibility. A cumulative GPA of 89% after three marking periods is necessary to be considered for NJHS. Although you may earn Distinguished Honors or Honors throughout the year, this does not guarantee acceptance into National Junior Honor Society.

The second requirement for possible induction into NJHS is an evaluation by the Faculty Council on the student’s leadership, service, character, and citizenship. The following requirements will be considered: 


  • Demonstrates leadership in classroom and homeroom
  • Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities
  • Contributes ideas which improve civic life of the school
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility
  • Exerts leadership which positively influences others 


  • Renders worthwhile service to the school
  • Does committee work
  • Represents school in inter-class and inter-school competition
  • Shows courtesy by assisting teachers, visitors, and students
  • Renders worthwhile service to the community 


  • Promptly meets individual pledges and responsibilities to school and teachers
  • Demonstrates highest standards of attitude toward honesty and reliability
  • Constantly demonstrates desirable qualities of personality (cheerfulness, friendliness, neatness, poise and stability)
  • Complies with school regulations (follows regulations concerning books, property, program, office, halls, and lockers)
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics 


  • Respects the local, state, and national forms of American government
  • Demonstrates civic involvement

 Membership in National Junior Honor Society is not a guaranteed right—it is an honor. 
Therefore, throughout the year you may want to focus on the above requirements and work toward a goal which will ultimately lead to possible induction into the National Junior Honor Society.


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