Unsure of what the criteria is for Leadership, Service, Citizenship, and Character? Read the following for hints and tips.
The student who exercises leadership:
- Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principals, and making suggestions
- Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
- Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals and spirit
- Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
- Is able to delegate responsibilities
- Exemplifies positive attitudes
- Inspires positive behavior in others
- Demonstrates academic initiative
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility
- Conducts business effectively and efficiently
- Is a leader in the classroom and community activities
- Is dependable in any responsibility accepted.
The student who serves:
- Volunteers and provides dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders and requested service to the school
- Is willing to represent the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition
- Does committee and staff work without complaint
- Participates in some activity outside of school (i.e. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, religious groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor or disadvantaged)
- Mentors persons in the community or students at other schools
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students.
The student who demonstrates citizenship:
- Understands the importance of civic involvement
- Has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U.S. form of government; and respects the laws at the local, state, and federal level that protects that government
- Demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.
The student of character:
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior
- Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
- Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
- Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
- Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
- Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing an unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
- Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment.
*The selection procedures were taken from the National Junior Honor Society Handbook.*