St. Bartholomew School established the Ave Maria National Junior Honor Society Chapter at our school in 2015. The cardinal qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character are worthy of encouragement at all schools. The selection procedures are as follows:
The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) allowable is 93 percent.
The Faculty Council has chosen to use weighted grades in recognition of the varying degrees of difficulty of courses of study.
The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection.
A student exercises leadership when he or she:
- Is resourceful in proposing new solutions, applying principles, and making suggestions
- Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
- Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit
- Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
- Is able to delegate responsibilities
- Inspires positive behavior in others
- Demonstrates academic initiative
Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any direct financial or material compensation. In considering service, the contributions each candidate has made to school and community can be reviewed.
The student who serves:
- Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, and is willing to make sacrifices to offer assistance
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
- Is willing to represent the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition
- Does committee and staff work without complaint
- Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts,
religious groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, disadvantaged
- Mentors in the community or students at other schools
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students
The student who demonstrates citizenship:
- Understands the importance of civic engagement
- Has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the US form of government
(representative democracy); and respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and
- Demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such
activities as scouting, community organizations, or school club
A person of character demonstrates the following six qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
The student of character:
- Consistently exemplifies positive and desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability, etc.)
- Cooperates by complying with school policies and regulations and codes of student conduct
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
- Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty, academic integrity, and reliability
- Regularly exhibits courtesy, concern, and respect for others
- Complies with instructions and rules, and displays personal responsibility
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