Myrtle Lee Thornton Chapter

The National Honor Society is one of the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school students. Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Students selected for membership are expected to continually demonstrate qualities of the four virtues of NHS - Scholarship, Character, Service and Leadership - by which they were selected.  These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

The NHS chapter at Arlington High School began in 1947, and was named after Myrtle Lee Thornton.  Ms. Myrtle Lee Thorton, was an outstanding math teacher at Arlington High School who saw great potential in her students. The goal of The National Honor Society is to create an organization that recognizes and encourages academic achievement as well as the development of good character.

Twitter: @arlingtonhs_nhs

NHS Officers for 2017-2018: President: Isaac James; Vice President: Emmy Ruby; Treasurer: Joann Chen; Social Chair: Carson Bold; Secretary: Laurel Strickland; Historian: Hannah Lei

Service Hours Opportunities:

  • Attendance at meetings will now be taken using ID scanners. You must have your AHS ID to scan in AND out.  Students who are late or leave early will not receive credit for attending the meeting. A temporary ID or PALS/IB ID cannot be scanned.
  • Be sure you have read the NHS expectations and that you know what is required of you to stay in good standing.


  • Service TO a religious group, such as teaching Sunday school, cleaning a religious building, serving food at a mosque event, building a synagogue, etc - DOES NOT COUNT.  Your service must be to the wider community.
  • Service WITH a religious group , such as going with your youth group to build a house, feeding the homeless with members of your group, going as a group to clean a park, etc IS ACCEPTABLE.
  • If you have ANY questions, you need to ask before a deadline.  Mission trips often DO NOT count, it depends on what you were doing.  We have had several students lose their good standing because they turned in hours that did not meet our chapter guidelines on the due date, and when the hours were rejected, they had no time left to get appropriate hours. (Ex: Parents cannot sign for hours.)

ervice Opportunities

Please remember that summer hours DO NOT count toward your required service hours. Returning members may begin their 12 hours and new members begin their 8 hours once the school year begins.

Summer hours DO count toward APPLYING to become a member of NHS. Volunteer hours can give you points needed on your application.

Mission Arlington always welcomes volunteers, especially on weekends! Please check with them for volunteer opportunities including the tutroring program. Please note: school-age students are NOT allowed to volunteer during school hours, so you may not go there during an off period. Volunteer hours for high school students start at 3:00pm on weekdays, no earlier.

Advisers are:

Brandi Bastas

Jeff Colston