What is the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)?
The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society activities. NHS and NJHS 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.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NJHS in 1929, eight years after it founded National Honor Society for high school students. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NJHS organization quickly developed into one of the country’s leading educational groups.
Five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
Our New 2017-2018 NJHS Officers
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- Vice President –
- Secretary –
- Treasurer –
Community Service Opportunities
Community service is one of the pillars of the NJHS. Beyond being a requirement for membership in the NJHS, many NJHS students find their service activities to be among the most rewarding experiences they have as members. Sometimes, these activities awaken an interest or open a door to a new passion. There are several local service opportunities just waiting to be discovered.
HandsOn Broward is a great place to start to find a community service opportunity to suit your interests and schedule. HandsOn Broward offers a Flexible Volunteering Model that makes volunteering more convenient for you. There is no long-term commitment, and they offer a variety of projects that fit your schedule and interests. To learn more, visit the HandsOn Broward website at: www.handsonbroward.org
Be sure to record all service hours on the Service Hours form.
2016 – 2017 NJHS
Congratulations to our Spring 2016 NJHS Inductees:
Congratulations to our newest members of the NJHS! On Thursday, May 19, 2016, twenty-nine (29) Imagine Broward 7th grade students were inducted into the Imagine Broward Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) ! We are so proud of each of these students who went through a rigorous selection process based on their academic merit, community service activities and overall character. Congratulations to our newest members of the NJHS! On Thursday, May 19, 2016, twenty-nine (29) Imagine Broward 7th grade students were inducted into the Imagine Broward Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) ! We are so proud of each of these students who went through a rigorous selection process based on their academic merit, community service activities and overall character.
Our sincerest thanks to the following people who made this evening possible:
- Jean Rao and Debra Darling for organizing this beautiful evening
- Dan Daley, the Coral Springs Vice Mayor, for his inspirational address to the students
- Arielle Yunker and the chorus for their beautiful vocal performance
- The current members of the NJHS for their help in passing the torch onto the new members
- Friends, family and faculty who came out to support our new inductees
2015 – 2016 NJHS
Congratulations to our Spring 2015 NJHS Inductees
Our First Imagine Broward NJHS Class!
May 21, 2015 was a very special evening at Imagine Broward. Eight (8) of our most talented students were inducted into our brand new chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Although thirty (30) 7th grade students met the initial academic criteria, only eight (8) students went the distance and provided evidence of their Leadership, Character, Citizenship, Scholarship, and Service.
We wish to thank Gillian Gaeta, Stephanie Eastep, and Michael Weisman (3 top notch graduates of our first 8th grade class) for coming back to help induct our honorees. Imagine Broward Governing Board Member, Linda Silver, gave an inspirational speech to the students and the PTO sponsored desserts.
Charter Members & 2015-16 Officers
Jacqueline Rao (President)
Shaniah Ovid (Vice President)
Benjamin Sloane (Treasurer)
Mariella Leja (Secretary)