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.

The Instagram handle is @nhs_arlingtonhigh.

Service Hours Opportunities:

  • Attendance will be taken via a sign in sheet with Mrs. Roberts when they come in
    • Same rules however, they will not get credit if they come late or leave early. Any special circumstances need to be communicated beforehand and will be dealt with on an individual basis.
    • All meetings will take place in person .
  • 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.)

Service 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 tutoring 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.

If it's something that is already required (for example, UIL competition for a fine art) that does not count because they have to compete/perform/etc. anyways.

Service hours for family members (for example, if someone's parent is a teacher and they go clean their parent's classroom) do not count.

Advisers are

Russell Bartholomee

Hanna Roberts