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With chapters across the United States, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the most prestigious organization that recognizes outstanding high school students. Being selected as a member of the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors a high school student can attain. High academic achievement is only one criterion for selection. NHS honors students who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in four areas: service, leadership, character, and scholarship. Eastern Christian has had a NHS chapter for many years, as we adapt the four pillars of NHS to fit a Christian worldview and education. EC requires that students be at least a junior and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater; students must also be enrolled in at least two upper level honors or advanced courses. A five-member Faculty Council rigorously evaluates each candidate’s credentials in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Only those students who have excelled in all four areas are invited to join the NHS. EC is very pleased to have 49 students as members of our NHS in 2015.

At Eastern Christian, NHS members are actively involved in service projects.  For over 20 years, our NHS has sponsored the Christmas Festival, where we invite over 200 first and second-graders from a Paterson public elementary school to campus to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.  Many people think that teachers and administrators plan the Christmas Festival.  In fact, our NHS students do all of the planning and preparation for this huge event.  NHS students volunteer their time to tutor and mentor students who need extra help.  In the spring, we plan and run a field day event at EC elementary school.  The most important pillar of NHS is service to our community, our schools, and our churches.