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12-year-old seventh grader inducted into National Junior Honor Society

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Forty-three seventh graders were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Tuesday, April 23 at Manchester Middle School in Richmond, Virginia.

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Among them was the grandson of this writer who explained the process of being selected and inducted into a well-known and recognized organization.

What is National Junior Honor Society?

The National Junior Honor Society was established in 1929 as a sister organization to National Honor Society to recognize outstanding students at the middle school level.

In order for students to be inducted into the National Honor Society, they must demonstrate characteristics:

  1. Scholarship: having a commitment to learning
  2. Leadership: having an influence on others in a positive way
  3. Service: offering help to other whenever needed
  4. Character: having special qualities that distinguish an individual from another
  5. Citizenship: being obligated to school, community, society and country

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada.

Which students are eligible for the National Junior Honor Society?

In accordance with national standards set by NJHS, students must meet the following requirements:

  • first demonstrate scholarship by having a cumulative GPA of 9.9 on an 11 point scale
  • Students will then fill out the information sheet to give examples of their accomplishments in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.
  • Students must write an essay on any one of the characteristics of the NJHS.

A student who qualifies based on their cumulative GPA (scholarship) is not automatically inducted into the NJHS.

A student has to reapply in high school to be inducted into the National Honor Society.

Congratulations to all the inductees into the National Junior Honor Society.