National Junior Honor Society

Thomas A. Kraft Chapter

National Junior Honor Society

General Guidelines


Since 1977, when we received our charter, Macopin School has had the pleasure of offering high-achieving students membership in the Thomas A. Kraft Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  Induction into this organization is based on excellence in each of the following areas: Scholarship, Leadership, Character, Service, and Citizenship.  The following is an explanation of the criteria for membership in the Thomas A. Kraft Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.


Scholarship - By the end of the second marking period of their eighth grade year, students must have achieved a 92.5% over-all average (3.75 GPA). This average is a cumulative average based on student grades in all subject areas from six marking periods (four marking periods in seventh grade and two marking periods in eighth grade).


Leadership and Character - Nominees must exhibit positive leadership and character qualities, both at Macopin School and in the community.  These are demonstrated through offices or positions held, team cooperation, school spirit, and positive interaction with peers and faculty members, both within and outside of the instructional setting. Faculty members are asked to complete a subjective survey, rating each NJHS candidate from 0 to 3 on the leadership and character attributes these nominees display.  Any student who receives a majority of 2 or higher as scores in each of these areas may be considered for membership.  In addition, students must obtain a signed letter of recommendation from someone outside the educational community who can attest to the candidate’s character and leadership qualities.


Service and Activities - As part of the application process, candidates are required to complete paperwork that asks them to list their involvement in school and community recreational and service activities. Candidates must have a minimum of TWO items from each of the four categories below for each year, both 7th and 8th grade. The following are examples of possible school and community recreational and service activities. (credit is not limited to the activities and services listed below)

 School Service
 Student Council       Yearbook Club      Macopin Mentors      Fundraising    Hall Runner
Peer Tutor              Give a Goat Night   Rockathon               MACC Club     Giving Tree
Angel Project

School Activity
Intramural Sports     School Play     Activity Nights      Class Trips   Chorus  Band    Clubs

Community Service
Beautification Day     Church Service Activity     Relay for Life      Babysitting (no pay)
Food Drives             Volunteering                   Roadside Clean up

Community Activity
Sports teams           Scouts      Cheerleading    Lessons (Dance, Music, Art)
Youth group             Jobs


Toward the end of February, eighth grade students who have met the academic criteria will be invited to apply for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.  More specific information about criteria and application standards will be distributed to eligible students at that time.

If you have any questions regarding Macopin’s National Junior Honor Society, please feel free to contact the NJHS advisor, Ken Ryerson, using the information listed below. 

Ken Ryerson  [email protected]  (973) 697-5691 Ext. 3332