The Frassati Catholic High School Chapter of the National Honor Society
The four ideals of the National Honor Society—scholarship, leadership, service, and character—serve as the basis for a student's selection as a member of the Society. Members of the Frassati Catholic High School Chapter exemplify these ideals in the spirit of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, who was himself a zealous student, a servant of the poor, and a true friend. As a “Man of the Beatitudes,” he followed the path of true happiness by practicing virtue in all aspects of his life.
The following are membership guidelines for the Frassati Catholic High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) as determined by the NHS Faculty Council:
Although he sometimes found school difficult, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati persevered in his studies and desired to place his education at the service of others. He was drawn to the beauty of truth and pursued all knowledge as a path to union with Truth Himself.
Membership is open to juniors and seniors who have been at Frassati Catholic High School for at least one full semester by the time of induction and who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). A true scholar exhibits self-discipline and perseverance through sustained attention and application in studies. Furthermore, a scholar manifests integrity in obedience to rules and honesty in academic work.
Guided by the Catholic Church’s teachings on social justice, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati became a leader in political movements to seek just laws for the human person. He joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which provided material and spiritual assistance to the poor, and found every opportunity to serve those in need.
In addition to the hours performed through the Pier Giorgio Service Program, a total of 20 hours of service is required for consideration as a candidate. These hours may include volunteer work performed in the local community or parish, as well as spiritual works of mercy, such as those performed at Pro-Life events sponsored by Frassati Catholic High School.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was always a leader among his friends, and with such a magnetic personality, it would have been easy for him to draw others selfishly to himself. Instead, he focused on what was best for them; he used his gifts to lead others along the path to true happiness.
A leader among the student body demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities, exercises a positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals, and exhibits a high degree of responsibility. Ultimately, such a student leads others on the path toward beatitude.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s life eloquently teaches the wisdom of the beatitudes: that happiness does not depend upon wealth, fame, success, or even health but only in receiving God’s love and then pouring out that divine love in concrete ways.
The student must have a good discipline record and meet the following criteria: no suspensions or Saturday detentions during freshmen, sophomore or junior years, and no more than one afterschool detention during sophomore or junior years. The student of good character willingly complies with school regulations and instructions given by faculty and staff and shows courtesy and respect to all. Furthermore, such a student consistently exemplifies the qualities expressed in the beatitudes: humility, compassion, meekness, justice, mercy, purity of heart, peace-making, and fortitude.
Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be considered for discipline or dismissal from the Frassati Catholic High School Chapter of the NHS. These standards include but are not limited to maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and maintaining a good discipline record by not exceeding the violations listed in the selection criteria, as determined by the NHS Faculty Council.
A member of the National Honor Society is expected to fulfill the obligations of membership by attending monthly meetings and participating in the service project(s) determined by the chapter. Dues for members of the chapter will be $20.00 for each academic year a student is a member of NHS.