National Honor Society
Students who at the middle of the junior year maintained a minimum academic average of 85 are eligible for National Honor Society consideration. In addition to the academic requirement, a student must excel in service, leadership and character. All qualities are given equal weight. Candidates must have been in the school for a minimum of one semester. All staff members contribute to the selection process. Final selection is made by the Honors Committee.
Officers are nominated and elected by the members of the National Honor Society.
Members should fully understand they are liable for dismissal if they do not maintain the standards that were the basis for their selection. Dismissal is not automatic. The errant member will be informed of the nature of the violation by the adviser and will be given a reasonable time frame for improvement. In the case of failure to maintain the minimum grade point average, two marking periods will be allowed for improvement. In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or civil laws, immediate dismissal may result. All dismissal decisions will be made by the honors committee.
National Junior Honor Society
One of the highest honors a student can attain in his or her junior high school career is to be inducted in the National Junior Honor Society. Induction results in a culmination of hard work in four areas: character, leadership, service and scholarship.
The process of selecting the inductees involves several tabulations and then judgment by a faculty committee. Students with a 90 (or above) average are eligible to be considered for the NJHS. However, the other three criteria must be met.
A student’s leadership and service are determined by his or her extra-curricular activities, volunteer activities, and community service. Teachers provide input into a student’s character. For all four areas, points are assigned, and the tabulations are presented before the Faculty Honors Committee. After careful deliberation, selections are made. The students are informed and preparations for the induction ceremony begin.
After students have been inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, they must maintain their standing. They are required to maintain a 90 average or better, high character, service to school and/or the community, and leadership. At Wallington High School, our NJHS inductees are expected to participate in our Peer Tutoring Program when asked; it is one of the requirements for maintaining their NJHS status in Wallington’s ACLESECH chapter.
Interested students begin preparing for the NJHS in the seventh grade. They should keep their grades at an above average level and try to make the honor roll. Also it is very important to be a helpful, enthusiastic and involved student, participating in community activities, Saturday Enrichment and extra curricular sports. All of the criteria are reviewed in the selection process so it is very important to remain a “well-rounded” student throughout middle school. This could be a platform for the student to be a part of the National Honor Society at the high school level, both being an honor in any student’s educational history.
The senior who ranks highest in scholarship as determined by cumulative academic average is awarded a gold medallion by the Board of Education.
The senior who ranks second highest in scholarship as determined by cumulative academic average is awarded a silver medallion by the Board of Education.
NOTE - Our policy will be that one valedictorian/salutatorian will be selected unless the difference in the two top cumulative averages is one tenth (.1) of a point or less after the third marking period of the senior year. Students eligible for these positions must have been in attendance at Wallington High School for a minimum of three semesters.
Boys State / Girls State
This week-long program is the second highest honor a high school junior can receive. Held at a New Jersey State College campus, each program affords the delegates the opportunity to participate in the state election process and to run for a mock political office. Delegates and alternates are selected by the faculty, who are asked to choose students based mostly on their character and leadership.
THE ALFRED AND ADELE OLEJARZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Adele Olejarz-Girard was a resident of Wallington and a product of its public school system. She passed away in November of 2014. During her life and her 44 year professional career, Ms. Olejarz-Girard achieved much, becoming the first female manager in the American Express Travel Related Services Department, and later, becoming their first female Vice President. She also resided in Naples, Florida but always kept her home in Wallington as it was a very special place for her. Her wish was to award Wallington High School students with a chance to go to college as a fully funded experience so that they could reach their highest potential and achieve their academic goals in life.
The Alfred and Adele Olejarz Memorial Charitable Education Trust has established a fund to provide scholarships for college/university education for graduating seniors from Wallington Jr/Sr High School. The “Alfred and Adele Olejarz Memorial Scholarship” has provided a number of Wallington graduates with funding to be applied toward the full payment of tuition, books, and room and board for four years of attendance at a college or university in the United States of America. In addition, there have been a number of additional partial and renewable scholarships granted to many of our graduates as well.
There are several criteria in place for students to be eligible to receive these scholarships on behalf of the trust. One scholarship was granted to 1 of the top 3 graduating female students with the highest weighted GPA, while the additional full and partial scholarships this year were awarded to students who have excelled in the field of the arts, literature, education, science, and/or public or community service.
In the first two years of this scholarship opportunity we have been fortunate that the trustees decided to increase the number of full scholarships from the minimum of two specified in the trust. In addition, the trustees have been so impressed with our students that they decided to offer additional awards. Many from the Class of 2018, through the Adele and Alfred Olejarz Memorial Scholarships, will reap the benefits of her generosity which will surely influence their future growth, education, and potential for years to come.