How to make it into honor societies

Avery Deen, Reporter

As spring semester rolls around, some students may be wondering how they can get into the different honor societies on campus and what exactly is done in these organizations.

In National Honor Society, or NHS, students will receive an invitation to apply if they are a current junior or senior with a 4.50 weighted GPA. These students are then invited to an informational meeting to learn about the points needed to gain admittance into NHS. Students can earn points by serving their school and community. The applications were due Oct. 26th this year.  Students who get in must do eight hours of community service per semester, attend monthly meetings, keep a 4.50 weighted GPA, maintain a good disciplinary record and pay $15 in dues. Students must get signatures from adult sponsors for all the activities they list on their application.   They regularly get together to serve the Cedar Park and the Central Texas community. The induction was on Nov. 17.

In Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, students can fill out an application and submit it to one of the officers or to Mrs. Ollmann or Mrs. Battles. The student will be notified if they are accepted into Mu Alpha Theta within a few weeks. To be a part of Mu Alpha Theta, students need to be in a Pre-AP or AP math class, needs a 4.0 weighted GPA, must have at least a B semester average, must complete three community service hours and three math tutoring hours per semester. There are monthly meetings, on in the morning and one in the afternoon, and members must attend one of these meetings each month. Current members must pay $15 dues, new members must pay $20 to cover paperwork, t-shirts and more. The induction for new members will be in the spring.

In Sigma Nu Gamma, the National English Honor Society, those who want to apply print and fill out the form on english teacher and sponsor Chriss Hexter’s website. Juniors and seniors can apply in Sept., sophomores will be eligible in Feb. For both application submission periods, there is an informational meeting about a week before the deadline. The requirements for acceptance into the honor society are an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher and an english average of 85% or higher. Once accepted, students are required to attend one of two monthly meetings on the first monday of the month before school and the first tuesday after school. Students must also complete 12 community service hours annually, of these six must be related to english. There are also $15 dues to pay for processing and t-shirts. The goal of Sigma Nu Gamma is to foster a love for english and help the community. The induction was on Nov. 18.

In Rho Kappa, the Social Studies Honor Society, the application can be picked up in any AP history teachers room and is available online for printing on the Rho Kappa website. There will be announcements when applications are open, they will most likely be due around May. Applicants must have completed at least two AP history courses and be on track to complete four AP history courses or three AP history courses and two ACC history courses by graduation. Applicants must also have a 95 average or above in all history courses and a weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher. Once students are accepted, they must attend approximately three meetings, there are about three per semester. The society has several committees that are working on organizing things like fundraising opportunities and societal improvements, and students may join as many committees as they wish. These committees meet outside of the honor society meetings and give a report of their activities at the larger meetings. The induction will be in the spring shortly after the accepted applicants are notified.

In Spanish Honor Society, applications are given out to students in regular and pre-ap Spanish 3 during the spring semester. To qualify, students must have a 95 average for all five semesters of Spanish they’ve taken. Members have to do four service hours per semester. Spanish Honor Society tries to offer group ways to get hours as well, such as trunk or treat, and the hallway decorating contest around Christmas. And this year, at the celebrities holiday show, they performed a skit in Spanish. They do fundraisers and have restaraunt nights where the society goes out together to eat and get funds. Students must attend the once a month meetings, when the society plans things to effect the campus or the spanish speaking community in a positive way. The Spanish Honor Society is currently raising funds and supporting the Pulsera project. Members are selling bracelets for $5 each to support Nicaraguan youth, with proceeds being sent to provide scholarships to the Nicaraguan children. Later in the year, they will be taking a field trip to the Mexicarte museum. Spanish honor society and the Spanish 4 classes will be eligible to attend. It will be an all Spanish tour of the museum and there will be a Dia De Los Muertos exhibit that will be central to their tour. The induction will be in the spring.


In the National Art Honor Society, there is no application for this year but applications in past years have had students provide pictures of their artwork. Students must have a B or higher in an art class and have taken art for at least one semester. There are currently no requirements regarding service hours and meeting attendance. National Art Honor Society is in conjunction with Art Club so everything done in Art Club will be done in NAHS. During meetings every Wednesday after school, students gather with other artistic students and work collaborative projects that are put around the school. The society tries to find opportunities to do community service and spread artistic awareness. There is no induction currently scheduled for this year.

In Thespian Honor Society, prospective inductees keep track of all the theatre related activities they have done throughout the year and their point values. This includes participation in shows, tech work volunteering, or even attending a show. If the applicant has 10 points when they turn in their application in early May, they will be inducted into the society. When participating in point earning activities, the rule is that one point is equivalent to 10 hours of work. So for instance, a role in a show will give varied amounts of points based on the size of the role and length of the production. Once accepted, members can attend the optional, but highly recommended, meetings that take place the first Wednesday of every month. You do not have to be in a theatre or tech class to be inducted, the only requirement is to earn 10 points before the beginning of May and submit the application on time. The goal of the society is to do theatre related service projects, put on productions and try to foster a family through parties and fun activities like ice cream socials and nerf gun wars. The induction will be in the spring.