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Charles Holmgren
National Honor Society
By-Laws and Selection Procedure



Article 1
Name and Purpose

Section 1.  The name of this chapter shall be the Breckenridge Charles Holmgren Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools.

Section 2.  The objective of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of Breckenridge High School.

Article II

Section 1.  Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate.  Active members become graduate members at graduation.  The graduate members have no vote.

Section 2.  Membership in this chapter shall be based on Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.

Section 3.  To be eligible for election to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at Breckenridge High School.

Section 4.  Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be members of the junior or senior class.  Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a cumulative scholarship average of 3.500 (scores are not rounded).   This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed, and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy.  All students who attain scholarship to or above such standard may be admitted to candidacy for election to membership.  Their eligibility shall then be considered on their service, leadership, and character. (6/2000)

Section 5.  Any student ever in violation of Article IV Section 3 is no longer eligible for application and/or induction.  All violations are subject to appeal.(2/2018)

Article III
Election of Members

Section 1.  The final election of members to this chapter shall be by a faculty council consisting of five teachers and advisor appointed by the principal.

Section 2.  Prior to the final election, the following shall occur:

1.  Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.

2.  Student’s who are eligible scholastically shall be notified and asked to complete the Student Activity Information Form and the Student Conduct Policy Form for further consideration for selection.  Failure to return the form by the assigned due date drops the candidate from further processing.

3.  The faculty council shall be requested to comment on candidates determined to be scholastically eligible by voting on the top choices using the point system outlined elsewhere in this booklet.

4.  The Student Activity Information Form and the faculty votes shall be reviewed by the faculty council.

Section 3.  The election of active members shall be held once a year during the second semester of school except for the notation in Section 4, Article 2.

Section 4.  An active member of the National Honor Society who transfer from this school will be given a letter indicating the status of his/her membership signed by the principal or the NHS advisor.

Section 5.  An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to this school will automatically be accepted for membership in this chapter.  This transfer member will attain within one semester and then maintain the membership requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.

Article IV

Section 1.  Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be dismissed from the Breckenridge Chapter of the National Honor Society.  A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain an active role in service and leadership to his/her school.

Section 2.  If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below the standard in effect when he was elected 3.500, he/she will be given written warning.  This will be determined by his/her grade point average as stated on the semester grade point listings.  If the cumulative grade point average then remains below 3.500 for the next two or any two consecutive 9 week grading periods, the student may be dismissed from the National Honor Society. (6/2000)

Section 3.  Violation of the law may result in dismissal and violation of school regulations may result in dismissal for the student.  These include but are not limited to DWI, minor consumption, smoking, stealing, destruction of property, cheating, truancy,  possession, selling, or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs including tobacco. (10/2009)

Section 4.  Violators of the school conduct code (such as the use of profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absence, tardiness, etc.) will receive written notification.  A conference may be requested by either party.  If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be dismissed.

Section 5.  These guidelines are to be followed throughout the entire calendar year.

Section 6.  Any member whose personal conduct is questionable in accordance with the accepted norms of student behavior may be dismissed by the faculty council.

Section 7.  The procedure to dismiss a member from the National Honor Society shall follow any procedures regarding student participation in school activities that may be adopted by the Breckenridge Board of Education.

If a situation arises that a member may be facing dismissal, the following procedures will apply:

1.  The member will receive written notification of the reason for possible dismissal from the National Honor Society.  The advisor and member will discuss the written notification in a conference.

2.  The member will be requested to have an informal meeting with the activity director and the National Honor Society Advisor.  The member shall have an opportunity to present his/her side of the issue. The member will follow the procedures for an eligibility violation as expressed by the Breckenridge High School.(2/2018)

2.  In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council. (10/2009)(2/2018)

3.  If the faculty council decides that the dismissal is warranted, the member will be immediately dismissed from chapter activities.  The advisor will write a letter to the member and to his/her parents or guardian that such action has taken.  A copy of this letter will be placed in the student's cumulative records.  The member must surrender any membership cards, emblems, or pins to the advisor. (2/2018)

4.  For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required.

5.  A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal and thereafter under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.

6.  When a student is dismissed, he/she is no longer a member and may never again be considered for membership.

Article V

Section 1.  The officers of the chapter shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.

Section 2.  Elections shall be in the spring, after the induction ceremony.

Section 3.  The candidate for the Executive Committee receiving the greatest number of votes shall be the officer for the upcoming year.  The President will be a senior.

Section 4.  It shall be the duty of the President to preside at the meetings for this chapter.

Section 5.  The Vice-President shall preside in the absence of the President.

Section 6.  The Historian shall keep record of members’ contributions to leadership and service through an annual yearbook.  The Historian will also be responsible for keeping the media informed of NHS activities throughout the year.

Section 7.  The Secretary shall keep the minutes, a record of all business, and all records on file.  The Secretary also shall certify to the Secretary of the National Council the number graduated each class, and the names of those elected to membership in this chapter.

Article VI
Executive Committee

Section 1.  The executive Committee shall have general charge of the meetings and the business of the chapters, but any action on the part of the Executive Committee shall be subject to the review of the advisor.

Section 2.  The executive Committee shall consist of the faculty advisor and the officers of the chapter.

Section 3.  The faculty advisor shall act as chairman for the Executive Committee.

Article VII

Section 1.  The activities of this chapter shall be subject to the approval of the Principal.

Article VIII

Section 1.  Meetings of this chapter shall be called by the faculty advisor.

Section 2.  This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order.

Section 3.  Meetings of this chapter may be conducted during school hours if approved by the faculty advisor and the Principal.

Section 4.  The faculty advisor shall notify teachers of National Honor Society Activities.  The student shall be excused from class pending the approval of the teacher.

Article IX

Section 1.  Each member of this chapter shall be entitled to wear the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society, which he/she will receive upon induction.

Section 2.  Any member who withdraws or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.

Article X

Section 1.  No dues shall be required of active members unless a sum is assessed each year by vote of the chapter.

Article XI

Section 1.  These by laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the chapter, provided that the proposed amendment has been approved by the Executive Committee and the faculty advisor and notice to the members has been given at least two weeks previous to the meeting which it is to be voted upon.

Section 2.  Any proposed amendment shall be presented to the Breckenridge School Board; however, the principal has the final say on any matter.




1.  A list of all students in grades 11 and 12 with a cumulative grade point average of 3.500 (scores are not rounded) or higher from the guidance office.(6/2000)

2.  Students on the academic eligibility listing will be invited by memo to attend an informational meeting to discuss the selection process, the requirements for membership, the activities of the organization, and the responsibilities of the member.

3.  Students are asked to fill out: (1) The Student Information Form, which  indicates co-curricular activities, leadership positions, community activities, volunteer service, work experience, recognition or awards received; (2) the Student Conduct Form C to be signed by parents; and (3) the Letter of Recommendation can not be written by a member of the NHS Faculty Council, the high school principal, a relative of the student, but rather choose an important adult mentor/teacher/coach who can describe your character and accomplishments.

4.  The Faculty Council, made up of members of the present teaching staff,  is responsible for the final selection of members. These members understand the importance of exercising their responsibilities in the most objective manner possible.

5.  Each eligible member must receive 3 votes from the faculty council.

6.  Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser shall review with the principal the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations. (10/2009)

7.  Parents and students must understand that no student has a guarantee of selection for membership in a chapter of the National Honor Society.  This is an honor bestowed the student.

8.  Reconsideration of a Faculty Council’s decision must be a rare occurrence if the council is to be expected to take its assignments seriously.  Chapters are not obligated to share with parents and students information concerning specific students not selected for membership in the Society.  The principal may listen to complaints from students not selected or from parents of such students.  Following such discussions, if the principal believes that some kind of technical mistake has been made, the principal may ask the faculty council to reconvene to review the situation.  Technical errors might include the inadvertent omission of a student’s name from the list of those qualified for induction, the erroneous averaging of points, or the like.  In the absence of specific evidence to the contrary, however, the principal must assume that the members of the council are exercising their discretion in a legitimate manner and with the good faith expected of them.



For purposes of this policy, the term “association” includes the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP), the Minnesota Association of Student Councils (MASC), the Minnesota Association of Honor Studies (MAHS), the Division of Student Activities (DSA).

Students are prohibited from using tobacco products, alcohol or other mood altering drugs at any association-sponsored activity including, but not limited to, workshops and conventions.  In addition, students participating in association-sponsored activities shall abide by the rules of conduct enacted by their home school district.  Under all circumstances students at association-sponsored activities shall conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.

Violations of the above-described rules will be reported to the student’s home school and the parents of the student.

Failure to conform to the above rules may result in the following disciplinary actions:

            A.        Removal from the association-sponsored activity.
            B.        Removal from the elected positions in association-sponsored organization.
            C.        Exclusion from future participation in association activities.
            D.        Dismissal from the local society.
            E.         Other appropriate discipline.

Students may request a conference regarding violations and penalties with the Executive Director of MASSP and the State Advisor for DSA.  The decision of the Executive Director of MASSP and the State Advisor for the DSA shall be final.

Local violations will be handled by the Activity Director, principal, and the advisor in compliance with Breckenridge’s School disciplinary procedures and/or NHS Chapter’s Bylaws.

I have read, acknowledge and understand that the above rules also apply to the local organization and that I must adhere to the rules and regulations when participating in activities sponsored by the MASSP’s Division of Student Activities and Breckenridge’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

Student’s Signature __________________________________
Date    ____________

Parent/Guardian’s Signature ___________________________
Date    ____________



The following guidelines will give further help in the definition of leadership, service and character.

The student who exercises leadership:

  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities
  • Exemplifies positive attitudes
  • Inspires positive behavior in others
  • Demonstrates academic initiative
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducting business effectively and efficiently, and without prodding, demonstrates reliability and dependability
  • Is a forerunner in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities             
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.

The student who serves:

  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude
  • Participates in some outside activity:  Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged; family  duties
  • Volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition 
  • Does committee and staff work without complaint
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.

The student of character:

  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
  • Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and outside the classroom
  • Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
  • Manifest truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.
  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
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