Scholars & Honors

Superintendent's Scholars Program
The Superintendent's Scholars Program is designed to challenge high school students to make the most of their educational opportunities by striving to excel academically, and then celebrating and honoring the select few who accomplish their goals.
There are two components to the program, i.e., the Superintendent‘s Scholar Pin and the Superintendent‘s Scholar Awards Banquet. Each year, the Superintendent awards a Superintendent‘s Scholar Pin to those students who attained a 4.0 or higher cumulative GPA the previous year. Sophomores receive a pin for achieving a 4.0 or higher their 9th grade year; juniors receive a pin for achieving a 4.0 or higher their 10th grade year; and seniors receive a pin for achieving a 4.0 or higher their 11th grade year. Superintendent‘s Scholar Pins are usually presented at the annual academic letter award ceremony which is held in the fall. Seniors receive Superintendent‘s Scholars Pins at the Spring All School Awards Night. Near the end of the school year, the Superintendent also hosts a Superintendent‘s Scholar Awards Banquet for those seniors who have maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA for all four years of the high school career. Each award recipient receives a plaque and a certificate. Students who are working toward ―Certificate of Attendance‖ and home-schooled students are ineligible for this recognition, as are students who are enrolled less than full time, less than 3.0 credits per semester.

Academic Letter Program
Each year MCVSD #51 high schools celebrate their students‘ academic excellence by awarding an academic letter to qualified students. Academic letters and other symbols of recognition will be presented in the fall for grades earned the previous school year. The Academic Letter award is based on the following criteria:
Full-time student at their home high school, including District #51 satellite programs. Students must be enrolled in 3.0 credits each semester. Minimum grade point average of 3.50 for the entire year. We also continue our tradition of recognizing students who earn a 3.75 or higher GPA.
Points of Understanding:
1. The Academic Letter with year pin is presented to those students who earn a 3.50 to 3.74 GPA the first year. Students who earn a 3.75 or higher also receive a star to recognize the higher GPA. Bars and year pins are used to recognize students who earn a 2nd, 3rd and 4th academic letter.
2. The GPA for awarding of the academic letter is based upon all courses taken the previous year, regardless of the school attended, including out-of-district transfers.
3. When determining the student‘s GPA, we will count MCVSD#51 courses taken between August and July of the academic year. District #51 summer school courses and District #51 on-line courses taken during the summer will be applied to the previous academic year. District #51 on-line courses taken during the year apply to that year.
4. Colorado Mesa University concurrent classes taken may be considered to meet the above criteria.

Honor Societies
Qualifying GJHS students may be admitted into the approved and affiliated national honor societies. The honor societies have similar criteria that are designed to recognize those Tigers who excel academically, display impeccable character, render community service, and promote leadership. At GJHS, we have four honor societies: the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and the National Technical Honor Society.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 to recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democratic society. In 1960, Grand Junction High School formed the Tri-S Chapter of the National Honor Society to recognize those students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The Tri-S Chapter of the National Honor Society has a long and proud tradition at our school. It should be the goal of every student entering GJHS to be invited to join this honor society. Membership is by invitation only and brings with it a prestige that lasts a lifetime.

Membership also brings with it certain responsibilities. Members are honor-bound to perform service to the community, as well as exhibiting leadership and good moral character in their daily lives.

Membership is offered to sophomores and juniors who have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and who in the judgment of a faculty council, have exhibited leadership in their middle and high school endeavors, have displayed good moral character, and have provided service to the community. Service is judged from information requested of the student on a Candidate Information Form.     

Every qualified student should take the time to list all activities of service and review this form with parents for completeness. There is also an essay portion of the form. The five-member faculty council grants admission by majority vote.

The National Honor Society advisers are present during these proceedings. The decisions of the faculty committee are final and not open to appeal. Once admitted, membership is continuous unless revoked by decision of the faculty council. Revocation of membership may result based upon students failing to maintain the academic standard of a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and actions of the student which reflect poorly on the aspects of character, service, or leadership.

For additional information, contact the National Honor Society advisers.

National Art Honor Society
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) was established in 1978 ―for high school students in grades 10-12 for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS strives to assist members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in art and to raise awareness of art education throughout the school and community. In February 2009, we established Chapter #3042 at GJHS. The selection process for the HANS is similar to that of the NHS.
For additional information, see the National Art Honor Society Advisor.

Tri-M Music Honor Society:
The Tri-M Music Honor Society, has been established to provide an appropriate method for recognizing the music achievements of our students; strengthen our school‘s music program; help society members reach their full musical potential; motivate and recognize our society‘s members‘ musical and personal achievements, credits, and grades; encourage society members to work together toward the same goal; present inspiration and challenge to our society members; and focus public attention on our school‘s music program through community service.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society recognizes those Tigers who are enrolled in a school-sponsored music ensemble and/or class for at least one semester; have achieved and maintained at least an ―A‖ average in music, for the previous semester, and at least a ―B‖ average or the equivalent in other academic subjects; and have demonstrated leadership, service, and character in their activities.
Please see the TRI-M Music Honor Society Advisor for more information on this prestigious society.

National Technical Honor Society
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is the acknowledged leader in the recognition for outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today‘s highly competitive workplace.
The National Technical Honor Society recognizes those Tigers who have completed one program of study in either Business or Family and Consumer Science, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all of their courses, and have a cumulative average of 3.5 or higher for technical courses from the department through which they are applying for membership. Tigers must also be a member of either the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) in the Business Department or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) in the Family and Consumer Science Department. Lastly, students must acquire two letters of recommendation, at least one or which is from a faculty member outside of the technical program.
For additional information, see the National Technical Honor Society Advisor.