Membership in the National Honor Society is based upon excellence in four areas: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. Each category is considered independently. A faculty advisory board (consisting of five faculty members) is appointed each year by the WHS Principal. The faculty advisory board reviews tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students who are academically eligible for membership at the beginning of the fall semester each year.The first screening criteria for membership is the Scholarship requirement, to be eligible for membership a student must have a weighted cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5. The Leadership requirements include a demonstration of leadership in school as well as outside of school. The Service requirements include involvement in service projects since the start of the high school career and we expect a student to have completed 20 hours of community service at the time they apply for membership. Character requirements include integrity, positive behavior, ethics, cooperation, and reliability in and out of school and classroom maturity.Students who are invited to apply to the Waynesville National Honor Society membership must complete and return their application by the stated deadline. Although applicants are to be commended for maintaining a high scholastic average, please understand that membership is not guaranteed to anyone. The faculty advisory board makes the final decision for membership. The NHS Advisor is a nonvoting member.
All NHS members are expected to follow the procedures outlined in the current Waynesville High School Student Handbook. Members should carefully read and understand the academic, discipline, dress code, and substance abuse policies, among others. Members are expected to act as honorable students of the school and citizens of the community at all times. Members must understand that the Waynesville R-VI School District and the National Honor Society expects the highest standards in regards to Citizenship, Service, Leadership, Scholastics, and staying free from tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drug use while enrolled in this school. Members must understand the consequences for breaking these standards and/or school policy and will not do so while a Waynesville R-VI district student participant. Members must understand this is a year-round (365 day) commitment. Members need to understand and accept that it is a privilege, not a right, to represent the Waynesville High School chapter of the National Honor Society and uphold its high standards of Citizenship, Service, Leadership, and Scholarship.