The Anderson Preparatory Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society was established in 2011 and is sponsored by Capt. Jill Barker and Lt. Brielle Rue. Throughout the year, the NHS completes various community service projects for our school and our community. Our ongoing service project, “Cinderella’s Closet,” enables cadets and student guests to borrow formal dresses for both Military Ball and Prom at no cost. This project allows all of our cadets and their guests to attend these events in dresses that are both appropriate and stylish without having to pay for it. It also demonstrates to the student body the importance of helping others and giving back as most of our dresses are donated from our student body.
NHS is open to cadets in grades 10-12 who meet the criteria listed below. Induction is held each spring after cadets complete an enrollment process and are approved for membership by the NHS Faculty Council
Scholarship – A cadet must have a minimum 3.750 cumulative GPA to be considered for membership and must maintain this minimum to be in good standing. In January of each year, cadets in grades 10-12 who meet this requirement are invited to go through the enrollment process.
Service – A cadet must have a minimum of 30 community service hours for the current school year to be considered for membership. Once a cadet becomes a member, he/she will complete at least 20 hours of additional community service each year through NHS activities and events. These hours are above and beyond the 24 hours required by APA as they cannot be counted towards the APA graduation requirement.
Character – A cadet must submit character reference sheets from two non-family member community members and from two APA faculty/staff members to be considered for membership. Cadets are evaluated in multiple areas to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards and reflect the values of both APA and the National Honor Society. Additionally, the APA faculty provides feedback to the NHS Faculty Council concerning each cadet’s measure of character and leadership which is taken into consideration during the enrollment process. Cadets who have received disciplinary action during the current school year may become ineligible for membership in NHS depending on the severity and circumstances of the behavior. Honor code violations will result in immediate dismissal from the enrollment process. Current members of NHS who face disciplinary action will be subject to NHS disciplinary action as determined by the NHS Advisor and Faculty Council which may result in probationary membership or a dismissal from NHS depending on the severity of the behavior and the findings of the Faculty Council.
Leadership – A cadet will be required to submit a leadership inventory and to meet the minimum number of required leadership points. Examples of cadet leadership include but are not limited to: active participation in school-sponsored athletics and co-curricular activities, and extra-curricular activities, participation in JROTC leadership, participation in community organizations such as 4-H and church youth group, internships, and employment. All members of the APA Chapter of the National Honor Society are expected to be leaders and role models in their community through active involvement and participation.