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National Honor Society

National Honor Society

The Omega Honor Society is the Lake Oswego High School chapter of the National Honor Society. Membership is limited to second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors who maintain a 3.5 GPA. The application process will occur in the Spring for sophomores, juniors and in the Fall for seniors

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginnings in 1921. 

Today, NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

New senior candidates will receive an invitation via their school email in mid October and new sophomore and junior candidates will receive an invitation with directions about how to apply for membership in mid February. 

Membership is not open to freshmen.  

4 Key Values of NHS PDF 

General Information about NHS

Invitations to apply will be delivered to eligible Seniors in the Fall and to eligible Sophomores and Juniors after 1st semester grades have been posted, usually at the end of February. Eligible Seniors may apply in the Fall, and eligible Sophomores and Juniors may apply for membership in the Spring.

To apply for National Honor Society, a student must

1. Have a weighted 3.5 or above cumulative grade point average

2. Be a second-semester Sophomore or Junior or a first-semester Senior

3. Fill out the application personally, and request a teacher evaluation

4. Meet the application deadline.

5. Be enrolled in at least 5 academic classes every semester.

6. Not have any academic violations or engage in any questionable academic behavior

The application requests information from ninth grade to the present. The application is made up of three main parts.

Part I. Activities Form: Students list activities in which they have been involved which encompass the key values of NHS (Leadership, Service and Character).

Part II. Written Response: Students submit a short essay describing why they deserve to be a member of Omega NHS, highlighting specifically how they embody the National Honor Society values in a way that might not be apparent from Part I of the application.

Part III. Teacher Recommendation: Students must ask a teacher to complete the teacher recommendation form evaluating their overall character.

To remain in the National Honor Society, a student must

1. Maintain a 3.5 or above cumulative grade point average.

2. Complete 20 hours of community service yearly, including one NHS LOHS-sponsored event throughout each school year, and post hours on the NHS Google Classroom spreadsheet.

3. Uphold the standards in scholarship, leadership, character and service.