National Honor Society
FAITH HERITAGE CHAPTERS – NATIONAL BETA CLUB AND NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR GRADES 9-12 – We had a very successful time this past school year in recruiting high school members for our newly chartered chapter of the National Honor Society! We ended the school year with 68 members, 37 of whom graduated. It was thrilling to see our graduates in their white satin National Honor Society collars during graduation!! We also have continued gaining new members for our school’s chapter of the National Beta Club. We ended the school year with 70 Beta members, with 20 of them receiving a special Beta seal on their diplomas.
Now it’s time to sign up new members and to get our clubs organized with officers for the new school year. The cost for joining the Beta Club is a one-time $15 fee, which gains membership throughout the student’s school years. The student will receive a very nice certificate, membership card, and membership pin. The only requirements for students in grades 9-12 to join the FHCA Beta Club are a minimum 3.0 high school GPA (B average) and your confirmation of the student’s good character.
The FHCA National Honor Society has annual dues of $20 per student, which also gains a nice certificate of membership. Seniors will have an additional fee (approx. $25) to purchase the special NHS collar for graduation. Here are the requirements to join the FHCA National Honor Society:
High School (grades 9-12) student enrolled in good standing with FHCA
Minimum GPA of 3.5 for all high school courses or for the past school year
One recommendation letter from adult outside the student’s family
One essay, minimum one page, on a topic of the student’s choice
Completion and submission of the FHCA National Honor Society application
Payment of annual fee of $20 (make checks to FHCA – one check is acceptable for both Honor Society and Beta Club, total of $35)
In order to save time and energy, these two clubs will be run together, with joint meetings and service projects. SERVICE is the key mission of these clubs – not just to place something impressive on the student’s résumé (although that is nice and helpful also)! Each club will need officers with responsibilities in leadership. You may be sure that your students’ future college and scholarship applications will ask about their contributions of volunteer service and especially about their involvement in roles of LEADERSHIP. As a matter of fact, the four foundational keys of these two clubs are Scholarship (Academics), Character, Service, and Leadership!
We received great feedback at our meeting this past April, as well as input on which day and time to meet. We need more feedback before we determine the definite day of the week, and additionally, your input on service projects and helpful meeting topics. We are leaning toward Monday afternoons, avoiding the days of the HOSA meetings. Please share your feedback, but ONLY if your student actually plans to participate in the meetings. The Briarwood Community Church on North Germantown Pkwy. in Cordova has graciously agreed to allow us to meet in their facility. Our next Induction Ceremony for new members will take place this fall, hopefully in early November, allowing plenty of time to process new memberships. Applications, supporting documents, and payment of fees are due by MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2019. If interested, request a membership application from us by email.
One last word on this topic, we have a definite need for parents to help with these clubs so please let us know if you would like to volunteer. We are also open to the possibility of having Junior Clubs for middle school students if there are parents who are willing to serve as Sponsors.