Student Handbook: IV – Awards, Honor Societies, and Scholarships
AWARDS, HONOR SOCIETIES, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
STUDENT HONOR ROLL RECOGNITION
Honor Roll Cards are awarded to each student who has achieved Honor Roll ranking. Gold cards are awarded for the “Gold” Honor Roll (3.75 or better with no grade lower than a “B” and no conduct lower than an “S”), and Silver cards are awarded for the “Silver” Honor Roll (3.50 – 3.74 with no grade lower than a “C” and no “U” in conduct).
At the end of 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters the Principal hosts the Principal’s Honor Roll Breakfast as a reward to those students who achieve Honor Roll status.
At the conclusion of each academic year, De La Salle High School presents a number of special awards. A partial listing of these awards follows:
VALEDICTORIAN: Merited by the senior with the highest four-year average. This senior must have been a student at De La Salle for the four years of high school.
SALUTATORIAN: Merited by the senior with the second highest four-year average. This senior must have been a student at De La Salle for the four years of high school.
PRINCIPAL’S DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS: These awards are given by the Principal in consultation with each school department to the member of the graduating class who has done the most outstanding work in that department throughout the four years at De La Salle.
COURSE AWARDS: An award is presented to the top student in each subject on each level. This award is determined by a combination of grade average and teacher judgment.
TORCH AWARD: The De La Salle torch emblem is awarded to all students who receive Honor Roll Cards for the first three nine-week periods of the school year.
CAVALIER OF THE YEAR AWARD: This award is given at the annual De La Salle Awards Night to the student who earns the highest number of merit points each 9-week period during the school year. Merit points are earned for grades and participation in extra-curricular activities.
SEDES SAPIENTIAE AWARD: This award is sponsored by the De La Salle Parents Club. It is given to the senior selected by the faculty for outstanding service to the school.
AMERICAN LEGION AWARD: This award is presented by the American Legion to the senior displaying high qualities of courage, leadership, character, service and scholarship. This senior is chosen by the members of the faculty, staff, and administration.
PRO DEO ET PATRIA AWARD: Presented by the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, Bienville Assembly, this award is given to a member of the senior class in recognition of faithful and exceptional service to the community.
L’ASSOCIATION AWARD: This award is presented to a member of the graduating class by the class itself. The class is asked to select one of its members on the basis of courage, scholarship, character, service, and leadership.
SCHOOL LETTER: This award may be earned in any designated De La Salle extra-curricular activity (clubs, organizations, athletic teams, etc.). The awarding of this school letter is determined by the moderator, director, and/or coach of each club, team, or activity.
NOTE: The letter jacket must be ordered and purchased through our authorized vendor and may not be altered in any way other than with officially awarded school letters and pins.
JEFF BEAULIEU MEMORIAL AWARD: This plaque, given in memory of Jeff Beaulieu, is awarded to the school’s most dedicated, supportive student of the Cavalier Football, Basketball, and Baseball teams.
LISA AUCOIN AWARD: This plaque, given in memory of Lisa Aucoin, daughter of Ronald (’55) and Sandra Aucoin, AFSC, is awarded to the school’s most dedicated female athlete of the Volleyball, Basketball and Softball teams.
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: This award is presented annually to the student athlete who has shown outstanding ability and participation in more than one sport.
PROVINCIAL’S LASALLIAN AWARD: This award is presented in recognition of outstanding students in schools operated by the Brothers of the Christian Schools who have demonstrated qualities of achievement, character, and Christian service. These are all part of the Lasallian spirit of education offered by the Christian Brothers and their colleagues.
BROTHER LEO HARVEY, FSC LASALLIAN LIST OF HONOR AND SERVICE AWARD: This award is presented to those students who have overcome specific difficulties throughout their time at De La Salle High School. The Administration determines who these students are based on their own personal experiences with the students.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE: This certificate is given to students who have not been absent, tardy or dismissed early over the course of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years at the Senior Breakfast.
SIGNUM FIDEI AWARD: The Signum Fidei is the official seal of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. It is composed of a star flanked on each side by a palm branch under which are written the words “Signum Fidei,” which means sign of faith. The student who receives this award has evidenced faithfulness to De La Salle and the traditions of the Brothers of the Christian Schools through qualities of leadership, scholarship, and involvement. The recipient is selected by members of the Administrative team of the school. It is the highest award given by De La Salle High School.
De La Salle recognizes and encourages high academic achievement and is, therefore, a member in good standing of the following national honor societies:
The National Honor Society (NHS) – est. 1921
Squires Club – est. 1974
Quill & Scroll Honorary Journalism Society – est. 1926
National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society – est. 1936
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (National Spanish Honor Society) – est. 1953
Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society) – est. 1957
National English Honor Society (NEHS) –est. 2004
Société Honoraire de Français (National French Honor Society) – est. 1949
Nomination to any of the above honor societies is a privilege and not a right. While each society has its own specific requirements for membership, De La Salle High School insists that a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and no “D” or “F” for final grades. The student must also be a member of the student body in good standing to be nominated.
Individual society requirements include the following:
National Honor Society – The NHS establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
Scholarship means a cumulative 3.25 average and no “D” or “F” (for midterm or final grades) for that school year. Service is voluntary contributions to school or community without compensation and in a positive, courteous and enthusiastic spirit. Each student is required to participate in individual and group projects.
Leadership includes students who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable and those who exemplify positive attitudes about life.
Character includes students who uphold principles of morality and ethics, are cooperative, demonstrate high standards of honesty and reliability, show courtesy, concern and respect for others, and maintain a good, clean lifestyle.
Additionally, a candidate shows Citizenship. The student understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in clubs. NHS members must be active members in a minimum of two extra-curricular activities or clubs.
Squires Club candidates must meet the following requirements:
- A student must be completing their 8th or 9th grade years.
- All other NHS requirements must be fulfilled except the student only needs to be active in one extracurricular instead of two.
Quill and Scroll journalism candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Must be of sophomore, junior or senior classification.
- Must be in the upper third of their class in general scholastic standing.
- Must have an “A” in the publications class.
- Must have a superior rating in some phase of journalism.
- Must be recommended by the Adviser.
National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society candidates:
- Must be enrolled in a Latin course here at De La Salle or planning to enroll
- Any student, deemed worthy by the moderator, who displays a keen interest in Classical history and studies.
- State and National dues are collected from each Member.
- Attendance at bi-weekly meetings.
- Completion of “worksheets” (given out at each meeting) to further encourage interest in the Classics.
- Participation in various Club sponsored events throughout the year
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (National Spanish Honor Society)
Any student who has maintained a final grade of “A” or “B” in the study of Spanish I and has completed the first half of Spanish II with an “A” or “B” and is in the 10th grade or higher is eligible for nomination.
Members must attend all meetings, take part in the club’s activities, and pay their dues.
Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society
Students must maintain an “A” or “B” in the current year of an AP or Honors Mathematics course, or a grade of “A” in the LSU Dual Enrollment program.
Other requirements include:
- 3.5 cumulative GPA and no “D” or “F” for midterm or final grades in any subject.
- All Satisfactory Conduct grades.
- Must have completed Algebra 1 and at least be enrolled in Geometry.
- Must be an active member in two extracurricular organizations, one of which has to be the MATH CLUB. (Math Club members must participate in at least TWO competitions and attend any mandatory meetings.)
National English Honor Society (NEHS)
Membership in the NEHS is an honor bestowed on individuals selected for their accomplishments in the field of English and in overall academic achievement.
Requirements for nominees include the following:
- Attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester prior to being considered
- Completion of the equivalent of one credit of English prior to induction as members
- The achievement of a minimum overall grade point average of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and English class minimum averages of an 88 or better both semesters.
- Active participation in a combination of three or more of the following: Shakespeare club (at least 4 plays), Le Journal Littéraire, La Troupe productions, Maroon Legend staff, gold and silver card in English each semester, Literary Rally District place or State place each year.
- Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible.
Société Honoraire de Français (National French Honor Society)
- Membership must be restricted to those students engaged in the study of French in a secondary school.
- Candidates must be enrolled in the fourth semester of French or higher, and they must be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade (with exception for 9th graders who have done work in middle school).
- Candidates must have maintained a 3.25 grade point average or higher in French during the semester of selection and a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher for all French work awarded high school credit.
- Candidates must have maintained a 2.75 grade point average or higher in all other subjects during the semester of selection (French may not be used to calculate this average).
In addition, students must attend at least four (4) meetings of the French Club per year, and students must be available for occasional tutoring in French (at the discretion of the moderator).
Violations of school rules are serious and are not incurred by those students who are honor society members or prospective members. Memberships in honor societies can and may be revoked by the society adviser or administration.
De La Salle awards academic scholarships to its students. These scholarships are awarded annually. Criteria are established by the school.
Alumni scholarships may be awarded to children of De La Salle graduates.
The Robert Greathouse and Brother Leo Harvey, FSC, Faculty/Staff Scholarships are open to any junior for his/her senior year. These scholarships were founded and are funded by the De La Salle faculty, staff and alumni.
For new 8th and 9th graders, special merit scholarships may be awarded in art, music, and drama/speech. These scholarships are renewable as long as the activity is in existence, the student is actively involved, and moderator approval is granted.
Incoming De La Salle 8th and 9th graders may also be eligible for the President’s or Principal’s CAPS Scholarship. Guidelines are available in the Admissions Office. These scholarships are renewable, based on the student’s cumulative GPA, record of service and discipline, and available funding for such awards.