Rynearson National Adviser of the Year Award


Edward Rynearson

The Edward Rynearson Adviser of the Year Award was established to recognize outstanding National Honor Society advisers for their leadership and commitment to the purposes of NHS.

Each award year, one NHS adviser is selected among the submissions to be recognized as the NHS National Adviser of the Year. Recipients receive a:

  • Complimentary registration to a LEAD Conference of their choice
  • Feature in an issue of Advise
  • Plaque recognizing their leadership
  • Check for $500

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 NHS National Advisers of the Year. Principals may nominate their NHS adviser between December 1, 2019 and February 15, 2020. Recipients will be notified in the Spring 2020.

The Edward Rynearson national winner receives a $500 award from NASSP and a plaque to commemorate the recognition. The nomination process will reopen in the fall of 2019.

History and Background >>

In 1921, Edward Rynearson successfully spearheaded the drive among members of the newly-created National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to establish the National Honor Society (NHS). The school where he served as principal, the Fifth Avenue School in Pittsburgh, PA, became the “alpha” chapter of NHS—the first chapter to be established. Through his efforts, news of the organization and its successes spread throughout the new principals’ association and across the nation.

Each year we honor the memory of Edward Rynearson and the important work he began by presenting the Edward Rynearson Award recognizing one national adviser of the year for NHS.

Criteria >>

Any National Honor Society (NHS) adviser with at least three years of experience can be nominated. Candidates who have demonstrated a professional commitment to their chapter and the purposes of the Honor Societies as evidenced by successful chapter functions at the local level are ideal nominees for this national recognition.

Principals from schools with active NHS chapters may nominate their chapter adviser. All nominees must come from a school that maintains an active NHS chapter, duly chartered and affiliated with the national office.

Nomination Form >>