Honor Societies

California Scholarship Federation

CSF is an academic honors organization comprised of students who have met the CSF grade requirements (see application). Eligibility is determined by the student’s grades from his or her most recent high school semester report card. Members will not only receive academic recognition at SMCHS, but colleges and universities also tend to look favorably on CSF membership when reviewing applications.

What is the application process?

The next application period is September 9-September 20, 2019

(Eligibility is determined by students' grades on their most recent high school semester report card.)

Students who wish to apply must personally submit their completed application to Ms. Tupajic in C-111 during the application period. The application can be found here. Personally give your application to Ms. Tupajic (C111) from 2:30-3:00 p.m. during the application period.

Applications will not be accepted during class time (before or after school ONLY) or if either of the required components is missing. You may not mail the application, e-mail it, or turn it in to the school office. Please do not have someone else submit it for you in case there is an issue with your application. Students must take responsibility to submit their applications on time. Late applications will not be accepted. Students do not need to include a copy of their report card/ transcript as grades are checked electronically.

CSF membership is for one semester only. Accordingly, students must reapply each semester in order to maintain their CSF status and to accumulate the four semesters necessary for Life Membership.

Notification of membership:
Each application is verified for accuracy at the time of submission. If the student has turned in an application and qualifies for membership, their FACTS account will be billed for the $5 membership fee. Letters of acceptance do not go out to members.

The application can be found here.

If you have any questions or comments please e-mail Ms. Tupajic.

What is life membership?

Life members will wear a gold cord at graduation and a CSF gold honor seal will be affixed to their diplomas. Life members are also eligible to apply for a college scholarship.

Life membership is awarded to students who have qualified for membership during four semesters (grades from sophomore, junior, and senior years) with at least one semester of membership during senior year. Accordingly, seniors should apply using their grades from the fall semester of their senior year. If a senior does not meet the life membership requirements after the fall semester of his or her senior year, his or her spring semester grades will be considered.

Seniors who need their eighth semester grades to qualify for life membership will not receive the gold cord for the graduation ceremony unless they take the initiative to bring Ms. Tupajic in C-11 their unofficial transcript that includes their eighth semester grades (available two days before graduation in the counseling office) and make arrangements to pick up the gold cord prior to the day of the ceremony. Printouts from Aeries will not be accepted as these are not necessarily students' report card grades. In addition, they will be ineligible for the CSF college scholarship as applications will be due prior to the completion of their eighth semester.

Grades from freshman year may be used to qualify for CSF membership, but they do not count towards life membership.

National Honor Society

Membership in the National Honor Society is a faculty-awarded honor presented to those students who have exemplified outstanding character, academic achievement, leadership, and service.

What is the application process?

Requirements for membership in this honor society are rigorous, as the student must excel in the mandated areas of character, leadership, and service, as well as maintain a cumulative academic GPA of 3.5 or above with five or fewer demerits in each academic year and no incidences of academic dishonesty in the student’s junior or senior year. GPA and disciplinary records are verified by the NHS advisors. Not all students are awarded membership into NHS the first time their achievements are reviewed; some must continue to work on one area or another, most often the areas of leadership and service.


Download the 2019-2020 Application

Due Dates for the 2019-20 School Year
Seniors: Wednesday, Aug. 28
Juniors: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Note: Rising seniors who were inducted as juniors do not need to reapply.
All forms must be hand-delivered to Mrs. Barry in B219 no later than 2:30 p.m. on the due date. As per NHS bylaws, late forms will not be accepted. No exceptions. Forms may not be left with the SM receptionist.
Please read through the following procedures and FAQ's for information regarding membership in NHS. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail Mrs. Coleen Barry or Mr. Mark Van Ness, the NHS Advisors.

Please read through the following procedures and FAQ's for information regarding membership in NHS. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail Mrs. Coleen Barry or Mr. Mark Van Ness, the NHS Advisors.

International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society is the only organization recognized by colleges and universities to honor high school students for outstanding work in theatre. Santa Margarita Catholic High School is home to Thespian Troupe #5524. Membership gives students incentives to participate in theatre activities and can be an important factor in gaining admission to a quality theatre program at the university level. Scholarships are awarded for participation in summer programs, festivals and for college theatre programs. Thespian membership is granted for meritorious work in theatre arts which meets the society’s guidelines. Specifically, students earn points toward membership and levels of recognition. Talon Thespians have the opportunity to attend the state and international festivals and compete in various individual events.


These recognitions are the cumulative effect of the combined effort of every thespian board and president since Troupe # 5524 was reactivated in the fall of 2010 by Talon Theatre Director Amy Luskey-Barth. Since that time, over 100 students have been inducted into Troupe #5524 with students attending the International Thespian Festival and the California State Festival annually.

  • Recognized at the California State Festival as the 2016 California State Honor Troupe. Honor troupe designation is similar to being identified as a “Blue Ribbon” School for participation in local, state, and national levels and for excellence in theatre.
  • In 2014, SMCHS was represented at the California Youth in Theatre Day in Sacramento where then Thespian President Joanna Pisano delivered her first place award-winning essay about the importance of educational theatre.
  • Performed at the International Thespian Festival in the Chapter Select Showcase in 2013 with “The Miracle Worker.”
  • Numerous students have competed in the National Individual Event Showcase in acting, musical theatre, technical theatre and design by achieving superior ratings at the state festival.
  • In 2015, Tyler Cotner won first place in sound design at the International Thespian Festival.
  • Many students have received sizeable scholarships from the Educational Theatre Association and state thespians and have gone on to study at some of the top theatre programs in the country.

How to become a Talon Theatre Thespian

Inductees must earn 10 points, 5 of which must be earned through Talon Theatre. Refer to the thespian point award category sheet and fill out the sheet. Students must have participated in at least two Talon productions to be inducted.

Contact Talon Theatre Director Mrs. Amy Luskey-Barth at bartha@smhs.org.

National Art Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Educator Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

Important Forms
Service Verification Form
Teacher Recommendation Form
Careers in Arts

Contact Visual Arts Community Outreach Coordinator Nancy Harrell at harrelln@smhs.org

The Tri-M Music Honor Society Membership

The Tri-M® Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only music honor society for junior/middle school and high school students in the country and it recognizes students that have gone above and beyond both academically and musically.

Tri-M also provides students leadership opportunities to make a difference in their community through music-based service projects. Each year, student members contribute more than 750,000 service hours to their school and local communities and raise nearly $1 million for causes they care about.

Tri M Application
Tri M Officer Application