“I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands. I will be loyal to Tampa Catholic High School, and will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. “
The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginnings in 1921.
The Tampa Catholic High School chapter of the National Honor Society was started during the 1965-1966 school year and named “Veritas” which means truth. The English form – verity – means a belief considered to be a permanent truth. Membership in the National Honor Society does not end with graduation, so the ideals of the National Honor Society become a permanent truth in members’ lives. Membership into the Veritas chapter is earned by the effective demonstration of the four qualities held in highest esteem by the Society. These qualities are Scholarship, Service, Character, and Leadership.
Scholarship means a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend hours in reading and study, knowing the lasting benefits of a cultured mind. An NHS member should continue to learn even when formal education has ended, for education ends only with life. Knowledge is one great element in life which leads to the highest success, and it can be acquired in only one way- through diligence and effort. Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past, and the light which illuminates the future. The members of NHS are charged to continually expand their world through the opportunities inherent in scholarship.
Service can be described in various ways. In the routine of the day’s work, many opportunities arise to help others. Willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation or without recognition is the quality we seek in our membership.
Character is the force within each individual which distinguishes that person from others. It gives each one individuality. It is that without which no one can respect oneself, nor hope to attain the respect of others. It is this force of character which guides one through life and, when once developed, grows steadily. Character is achieved, not received. It is the product of constant action, daily striving to make the right choice. NHS members are chared to demonstrate such qualities as reliability, honesty, and sincerity, in order to prove by example their commitment to character.
Leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the school. The price of leadership is sacrifice – the willingness to yield one’s personal interests for the interests of others. A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate. No matter what power and resources may exist in a country, they are ineffectual without the guidance of a wise leader. Leadership is always needed, so NHS members are charged to take the initiative in class and school activities and to strive to train and aid others to attain the same objective.
**This introduction is adapted from the NHS induction ceremony.
The National Honor Society is composed of students who, throughout their high school years, demonstrate high qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and service. In order for a student to be considered for membership in the Veritas Chapter of the National Honor Society at Tampa catholic High School he/she must:
- Be a junior or senior at Tampa Catholic High School
- Have at least a 3.5 unweighted cumulative GPA
- Have attended Tampa Catholic for a semester, unless he/she became a member of NHS at another high school and then transferred to Tampa Catholic. (The transfer student automatically becomes a member of the Veritas Chapter when he/she presents proof of membership in the other chapter.)
- Exhibit the qualities of leadership, character, service and exemplary behavior in following campus rules and the Code of Conduct
- Be active in school and community service
- Must have been accepted to at least one Curricular Honor Society.
- Submit the appropriate activity form by the specified deadline.
According to NHS Rules, a student may not be offered membership based solely on the 3.5 GPA.
Meeting the requirements for membership does not imply that the student will automatically be selected. A selection committee composed of faculty members will approve the application for membership. This decision is subject to the approval of the Principal. Students who are not accepted in their junior year may be considered in their senior year.