Honor Societies

  • Honor Societies at Sanderson High School represent national organizations and require students to demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership and service in their respective fields. These specific organizations have various requirements for admittance.

  • The National Honor Society (NHS)*


    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 recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

    Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. 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.

    To learn more about the Sanderson Chapter, visit https://sites.google.com/view/sandersonnhs

    Academics, community service, leadership and character are the four pillars of NHS membership. The academic qualification is a 3.5 unweighted GPA. On the application, students will provide information about their community service and leadership roles. The faculty committee that reviews these applications looks for leadership here at Sanderson High School. Student council, team captain, line or section leader in band or choir are examples of leadership roles. Essentially, students must show that they have been responsible for planning and organizing some activities and directing the work of others in that activity.

    The committee will also look for an enduring commitment to community service. This may be something to consider over the summer! A single episode or once-yearly project typically does not satisfy this requirement. Ongoing service is the standard.

    If the committee approves a student’s application, character evaluation forms are completed by all of the student’s teachers. If a student receives a consistently high rating from them, he/she will have met the final criteria for membership and will be tapped one day during class for a surprise celebration as well as receive a letter via mail. 

    Questions? Please email Mrs. Boyette at cboyette2@wcpss.net.

  • National Art Honor Society

    In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the NAHS program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

    To learn more about the Sanderson chapter, contact faculty advisors Abigail Tucker Gravatt.

  • National Technical Honor Society

    The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 100,000 active members and nearly a million members since its creation in 1984. NTHS strives to bring well deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields as their profession. Not only do NTHS students embody all the attributes and talent which is in demand today, these students also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow’s workforce and their role in it.

    Thousands of schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and its territories have established a NTHS chapter on their campus. Member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, awards scholarships, and cultivates excellence in tomorrow's workforce. Education is a critical and integral element that advances economies, and NTHS forges positive relationships with high schools, technical institutions, and colleges to promote higher learning.
    To qualify for a NTHS membership you must have a 3.5 unweighted GPA, pass at least 3 CTE courses within the same pathway, and participate in a club that uses technology.
    To learn more about the Sanderson chapter, visit https://sandersonnths.weebly.com/.
    If you have any questions please contact Mr. Watkins at hwatkins@wcpss.net.

  • International Thespian Society (ITS)

    The International Thespian Society is an internationally recognized honor society for excellence in high school theatre. ITS recognizes, rewards, and encourages student achievement and celebrates the work of students in all aspects of theatre— performance and production. Each student is honored on a national level and gains access to opportunities and resources beyond those of their school. To be inducted into ITS as student must participate in the cast or crew of 3 Sanderson main stage productions, or 2 Sanderson main stage productions and have been inducted into Junior ITS in middle school or 2 Sanderson main stage productions, take at least one theatre class and complete hours of service to the theatre department. You can contact Mr. Comperatore with questions.