National Junior Honor Society

MTC Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society

The purpose of this organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in the students of Mother Teresa Catholic School.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled in 7th or 8th grade at MTC
  • Minimum of all A’s and one B during the first two trimesters of current school year.
  • Minimum of all 3’s in Conduct and Approaches to Learning during the first two trimesters of current school year.

Application Process

  • Each candidate is to complete an application form and write an essay explaining how he/she demonstrates the qualities of service, leadership, citizenship, and character.
  • The faculty advisory committee will evaluate each candidate based on his/her academic records, the application form, information provided in the essay, and their knowledge of the student. The advisory committee will then vote on each candidate. Candidates receiving 70 % of the votes will be inducted. The following are specific details and suggestions of each trait:

1. Leadership

  • Resourceful in proposing new solutions
  • Demonstrate initiative
  • Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit
  • Able to delegate
  • Inspires positive behavior
  • Demonstrates academic initiative
  • Dependable in any responsibility accepted

*Suggestion: Been elected/selected or participated in 3 or more leadership positions in school, community, and/or work activities and/or display leadership traits in the classroom or other activities.  Examples: student government, officer roles in clubs, captain of sports teams, and/or captain of school or classroom competitions

2. Service – actions undertaken by the student are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation.

  • Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance
  • Works well with others
  • Willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
  • Enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
  • Willing to represent the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students
  • *Suggestion: Participate in 4 or more community service or volunteer activities and display the traits listed.  Students should also show a commitment to services especially those that are over an extended period of time.  Examples: safety patrol, altar server, teacher assistants, participation in school charity projects, Math club; Math competitions; Spelling Bee; Geography Bee

3. Character

  • Demonstrates the following qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
  • Has an outstanding record of conduct and behavior or be able to demonstrate sufficient growth and improvement to compensate for previous inadequacies.

*Suggestions: Students should include examples of character traits in his/her essay with 3 or more exemplary examples of these traits and values.  Examples should be well-written, well presented, and complete.

4. Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Participates in some activity inside and outside of school.

*Suggestion: Has participated in 3 or more activities in music, sports, or clubs in school, community, and/or religious organization.  This includes but is not limited to musicals, mass, school or club sports teams.  Examples: Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; religious groups; volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged; Sunday school

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