McNicholas sponsors a number of Honorary Societies for students who excel in various subject areas.
The National Honor Society recognizes the achievements of junior and senior students who excel academically and fill leadership roles in the school and wider community. Members tutor students in the McNicholas community. Students must maintain a 90 average and must submit to an application process. The group follows the bylaws of the national organization.
French National Honor Society
Moderator: Julie Dill
The French National Honor Society provides academic recognition for students who excel in French. Students must have an A average in French, a B average in all their other courses, and continue French into the fourth year. The Honor Society follows the guidelines of la Société Honraire de Français. 2016 inductees are Abby Conard, Cameron Haynes, Molly Jorden, Felicia Marino, Molly Smith.
International Thespian Society
Moderator: Teresa DeZarn
McNicholas High School is a member of the Southwest Ohio chapter of the International Thespian Society. International Thespian Society members must earn merit through many various theatrical events, activities, and productions. Each chapter has an elected student council who meet once a month to discuss fund raising, special events, production participation, and the annual Thespian conference. New members are accepted in May after participating in different capacities and earning a minimum of 10 Thespian points. Students interested in becoming members are invited to attend an informational meeting each September. There are no participation fees, however, there are costs involved with attending the regional, state, and national conferences.
Latin National Honor Society
Moderator: Paul Romolo
Students studying Latin can be selected for the Latin NHS if they have completed at least 3 years of Latin and are either planning on completing or have completed the AP Latin course. To be considered, they must earn a 93 average through the first 3 quarters of their eligible years and be exemplary citizens.
Mu Alpha Theta
Moderators: Bill Losekamp
Seniors who have completed 3 years of honors math with an un-weighted math GPA of 90% and weighted overall GPA of 87% are eligible for membership in Mu Alpha Theta. Members tutor students in mathematics throughout the school year and participate in statewide math competitions.
National Art Honor Society
Moderator: Mel Gaskins
National Art Honor Society honors students who are outstanding artists. Membership is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who are nominated by the art teachers. The nomination is for one year only. A nomination requires that students have a minimum of two semesters in art and maintain an A average, maintain academic integrity in all subject areas and show an interest in art as a career. There is a $3.00 membership fee and a $12.00 fee for seniors for the cord for graduation. Members are responsible for creating Mardi Gras props/decorations and helping in setting up for the dance and setting up for and participating in the annual Art Show. Members may also be required to participate in art fundraisers.
The purpose of the Science National Honor Society is to encourage participation in and recognition of scientific and intellectual thought, to advance the students’ knowledge of classical and modern science, to communicate with the scientific community, to aid the civic community with its comprehension of science, and to encourage students to participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits mankind. Members are expected to help with science fair panels and science fair judging at McNicholas and other schools. The requirements are as follows: member of the senior class, non-weighted GPA of 87%, non-weighted average in science courses of 92%, have taken or are taking four years of science including biology, chemistry, physics, and at least one AP science course, have pursued science outside the classroom in some way (taking a science fair project beyond the local level, volunteering in a science or health related field, participating in Eco Club, etc.).
Spanish National Honor Society
Moderator: Carla Wessels
The National Spanish Honor Society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and recognizes high academic achievement by Spanish students to promote a continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. The National Spanish Society grants this honor to students who are taking or will be taking four years of Spanish, have at least a 93% average after the first three quarters of the current year of studies, and show a live interest in the language. Besides the academic achievements, students participate in activities that include community service and attendance at Spanish Masses.