• Advisor: Tracie Schwertley and Jennifer Borneman
    tschwertley@sd308.org and jborneman@sd308.org


    The National Junior Honor (NJHS) Society was established in 1929. The hope was to create an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. These ideas of scholarship, character, service, and leadership remain as relevant today as they were in 1929.

    This society provides an opportunity for students to grow through exceptional academic achievement, serve others in and outside our community, develop leadership skills, interact with other people in a caring and respectful way, and in general, become individuals with exemplary character.

    Murphy Junior High was granted its school charter in 2014. This chapter is for 8th graders only (the induction process begins in second semester of 7th grade).

    To be inducted in the NJHS, one must be exemplary in each of the five following areas:

    Scholarship: maintaining a minimum of a cumulative 3.5 GPA.
    Character: possessing a strong moral and ethical character
    Service: participating in school and/or community events and organizations
    Leadership: taking on active leadership roles within community and school activities and organizations

    Citizenship: living up to laws and guidelines to improve the larger community

    NJHS applications are available to eligible students in February. All students with a 3.5 GPA or above will receive an invitation to apply.
    The induction ceremony is usually held mid-May. Membership is both an honor and a privilege.


    The official colors of the National Junior Honor Society are blue and white, and the Society’s motto is Light Is the Symbol of Truth. The official flower of the NJHS is the white rose.


    There are several intrinsic reasons a student may desire membership in the National Junior Honor Society. Membership in the NJHS is the high honor and is a prestigious public recognition of outstanding student achievement. Employers, government officials, and college officials recognize members of the National Junior Honor Society as students who possess many of the qualities and characteristics that are indicators of future success.

    Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Students selected for membership are expected to continue to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Once inducted, members are expected t

    • Attend regular Murphy Junior High School NJHS chapter meetings which will be held approximately 1-3 times per month.
    • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above.
    • Pay membership dues of $10.00 per year
    • Complete 10 hours of individual community service during their 8th grade year.
    • Participate in one major group service project. The project will be determined by the executive board officers each year.
    • Respect and obey the rules of Murphy Junior High School, the laws of our community, state and country.
    • Respect the rights and beliefs of others and treat others with courtesy and consideration.
    • Be fully responsible for their actions and the consequences of their actions.
    • Show respect to those who are responsible for enforcing the rules of my school and the laws of my community, state and country.

    Monitoring Standards

    NJHS members who fall below the required grade point average or who do not complete required community service will be notified in the form of a letter and will be placed on a probationary status. A National Junior Honor Society member can remain on probationary status for up to two semesters. Members who break either the Murphy Junior High School rules or the law will be subject to the discipline procedures outlined elsewhere in this document. If a member has been dismissed, they cannot rejoin NJHS. See Discipline Procedures.
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