National Honor Society requirements for chapters in Horry County Schools will be studied by a district-wide committee to determine if consistent guidelines are needed across the district.
The group will include the principals of schools with NHS chapters, chapter advisers, chairs of School Improvement Councils and possibly some student leaders, said HCS Superintendent Cindy Elsberry at Monday night’s Horry County school board meeting. Board Vice Chairman Neil James and board members Janice Morreale and Janet Graham also will serve on the committee.
The district has 11 NHS chapters, one at each of the 10 base high schools and one at the Scholars Academy. NHS membership is based on scholarship, leadership, service and character, and academic requirements that vary from school to school, which is allowed by the national organization.
Some students raised the issue with the board, saying inconsistent requirements between chapters at Scholars and the base high schools excluded qualified students from membership in the organization. Faculty sponsors said the requirements at each chapter vary based on the communities, geographic locations and community service opportunities available in each high school’s area. Inland schools especially have more limited community service options, and academic opportunities - such as the availability of Advanced Placement course offerings - are not totally equal across the district.
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