Overview-Chinese Honor Society
The National Chinese Honor Society
The National Chinese Honor Society (NCHS) was established in 1993 to recognize those accomplished high school students who study Chinese as a world language. The National Chinese Honor Society is a scholastic organization that promotes and recognizes students who demonstrate citizenship, leadership, and community service.
The purpose of the National Chinese Honor Society is to encourage its members to become life-long learners in order to gain a better understanding of Chinese language and culture, as well as to play an active role as a contributing global citizen in the twenty-first century.
The applicant must be a full time high school student (grades 9 – 12) who has studied Chinese for four semesters in high school with an average of B or higher. A qualified candidate is someone who is willing to work with the school chapter advisor, as well as with other students, to serve as a positive role model in the area of Chinese studies. For schools that have never inducted students into the honor society, the National Chinese Honor Society strongly recommends that the advisor should first seek school approval to initiate the establishment of a local school chapter of the Chinese Honor Society under the National Chinese Honor Society before the first group of inductees at the school are nominated. Future inductees from that school will only need to be identified by the school’s advisor based on the Student Application forms. The student president of the local school chapter of the Chinese Honor Society must be appointed by the sponsor based on his/her consistent and positive effort in learning the Chinese language.
The National Chinese Honor Society Chapter Chapter Advisor
The advisor is in charge of the induction. The initial request to establish a chapter must be made to NCHS by the advisor, who must be an active member of the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) as well as teach at the same school where students are applying to become new inductees of the school chapter of the Chinese Honor Society. The advisor is also responsible for appointing the student president of their chapter based on his/her consistent and positive role in advocating the learning of Chinese language and culture.
The Application Process
The National Chinese Honor Society recommends that the preparation for the induction should start at the end of the first semester or at the beginning of the second semester. The induction ceremony should be conducted during the second semester.