The Student News Site of Alief Kerr High School


The Student News Site of Alief Kerr High School


The Student News Site of Alief Kerr High School


The Hard Work behind Honor Cords

Honor cords are twisted cords of a variety of colors with tassels on each end. These cords signify the achievements students have earned in class and extracurricular activities. When students graduate from high school or college, they are encouraged to wear their cords to exemplify the hard work they’ve done in school. In Kerr, students can earn an assortment of cords listed below.

Student Council:

  • Be active for four semesters (including one semester from senior year).
  • Have at least one leadership activity for each year.
  • Participate in meetings and activities.

Future Business Leaders of America:

  • Have at least 240 points over two years of membership.
  • 60 points of the 240 must have been earned senior year before May 15.
  • Must have attended two fall workshops, two district events, and two state events.
  • Must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.


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  • Be an honor Thespian.
  • Earn 60 thespian points.
  • 1 point = 10 hours of work in the theatre.

Speech and Debate:

  • Must earn a 7 out of 10 score from the following criteria.
    • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
    • Earn 250 NFL points.
    • Receive at least a B rating for overall performances from coaches.
    • Receive at least a B rating for over all practive and duties from coaches.
    • Attend at least 7 tournaments.
    • Compete in UIL for 2 years or more.
    • Advance in UIL.
    • Qualify for TFA State.
    • Compete in NFL Nationals.
    • Each additional year of TFA or NFL counts towards bonus points.

Quill and Scroll:

  • Qualify for membership:
    • upper third of graduating class at the time member is nominated.
    • contributing outstanding work to campus journalism programs.

National Art Honor Society:

  • Must be in NAHS senior year.
  • Earn 25 points and 25 hours of community service.


  • Must be a senior in good standing.
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.75.
  • Attend all meetings.
  • Contribute two hours of service every month (Service includes tutoring a student in the music department).
  • Maintain a constant A in your music class.

National Honor Society (Collar):

  • Maintain required points.
  • Do not be on probation by the time of graduation.


  • Donate blood twice senior year.


  • Must graduate on the distinguished plan.
    • Distinguished plan includes three credits of foreign language and four distinguished markers.

Summa Cum Laude:

  • Have a 4.0 grade point average or higher at the time of graduation.

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