Service Above And Beyond

Is there a service project your NHS or NJHS chapter completed between August 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, that was truly outstanding? If so, apply for an Outstanding Service Project award. Applications are now available. The deadline is November 1. For inspiration from the latest winners’ projects, as well as access to award criteria and the online application, visit and

Recognizing Student Council Excellence

Your student council can earn national recognition for consistently providing quality leadership activities. The application period for National Student Council’s annual National Council of Excellence Awards program is now open. Your council is encouraged to apply. The National Gold Council of Excellence is awarded to those councils demonstrating the highest levels of leadership that meet additional requirements beyond the traditional standards. In the 2016–17 school year, nearly half a million students were impacted by the positive work of councils honored with this award. Count yours among them, and visit for application details. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.

Will You LEAD the Way?

LEAD (Leadership Experience and Development) Conferences are back! They’re a great way to enable your student leaders to build leadership skills as they network with peers and gain inspiration from energizing speakers and presenters. And you’ll take away valuable tips for building positive school culture. Plan now to bring your chapter or council to one of these exciting weekend-long events: Orlando, November 3–5; Washington, D.C., January 26–28; or Chicago, February 16–18. Visit for details.

Become a YouTube Sensation!

Tell your chapter and council members to get out their smartphones or video cameras and start rolling. The annual video contest to show your appreciation for your principal is happening right now! To prepare to honor your principal for National Principals Month in October, students are asked to create a short video telling the world just how awesome your principal is. The deadline for submissions is September 29 (earlier than in the past this year), with winning entries to be featured on the National Principals Month website. Visit for contest rules and details.

Show Us How You’re #MakingGlobalChange

How would your chapter or council like to pay it forward with a $100 gift to its charity of choice? Show us on Instagram how your student leaders are making global change! Throughout the last school year, chapters and councils worldwide showed their support for the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) student leadership initiative on global citizenship. Once again, all NHS, NJHS, and National Student Council schools have the opportunity to participate in our contest. Post your pics to Instagram with #MakingGlobalChange illustrating how your council or chapter is supporting equity, demonstrating civic engagement, creating positive social change, showing empathetic action, or demonstrating awareness and perspective. We select one entry per month to win. For ideas, contest rules, and more information, visit

Dates to Remember


National Council of Excellence Award program open

Outstanding Service Project award program open

September 27: NHS/NJHS college admission planning webinar,”Applying to College: What You Need to Know Now.” See for registration.

September 29: National Principals Month video contest deadline


National Principals Month

October 6: Early-bird registration deadline for Orlando LEAD Conference

October 6: NHS Scholarship Program application opens

October 12: NHS/NJHS college admission planning webinar,”Your First Step in Financial Aid: the FAFSA.” See for registration.

October 20: Regular registration deadline for Orlando LEAD Conference