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Honor Societies

Regina Dominican has seven honor societies that recognize students for their accomplishments. These nation wide organizations distinguish our students as they prepare to apply to the most prestigious colleges and universities.

The Regina Dominican High School Chapter of the National Honor Society follows the by-laws and constitution set forth by the Virginia-based National Honor Society organization. Membership in the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon a student. Upon meeting initial criteria determined by the Faculty Council, students are invited to submit a membership packet for consideration. To be eligible for membership into the Regina Dominican High School Chapter of the National Honor Society, a student must be an incoming junior or senior. Membership is based upon excellence in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.


This organization strives to recognize and develop the artistic talent of its members. It encourages them to use their talent in service to school and the larger community. Qualifications for membership include art scholarship, service and character.  Juniors and seniors who have maintained an “A” average in at least three semesters of art are eligible for membership.  Students are formally asked to join through a letter indicating that they have met the requirements.  Following this, the students must complete an application process.  The moderator reserves the right to decline membership based on application requirements.  Once admitted, students are required to attend all meetings and activities.

Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School Mathematics Honor Society with over 88,000 student members in more than 1,800 schools across the country.  Mu Alpha Theta is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school.  Eligible students must maintain a grade point average of at least 4.6 in a minimum of four semesters of mathematics.

This national honor society recognizes students whose achievement in the study of the Spanish language and culture is outstanding. Students who have maintained a grade point average of at least 4.6 in four semesters of Spanish (or three semesters if starting in Spanish II) and have demonstrated involvement in and dedication to the Spanish language and culture outside of class time are eligible to apply for membership. Applicants must also demonstrate good character and citizenship within our community. Members must maintain these standards to remain a member. Additional membership information is available from the faculty moderator.

Chartered in 1962, the Regina Dominican High School Chapter of Tri-M exemplifies the long-standing school tradition of commitment to excellence in music education. To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled in one of the Regina Dominican performing groups, maintain an A average in music and a B average overall. An audition is required to be considered for membership.  In addition, a demonstration of excellence in the following areas is also a consideration: character, leadership, service and academics.

This international honor organization recognizes the dedication and service of Regina Dominican High School students to theater. To qualify for an invitation to membership, interested students accumulate points by participating in the various aspects of theater production. Members are expected to actively participate in major productions at Regina Dominican to maintain their status.

  • Holding true to our legacy of success with the National History Day Contest, Regina Dominican High School (RDHS) students successfully competed in the Chicago Metro History Fair and qualified to advance to the National Finals.  The National History Day Contest encourages more than half-million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local level (e.g. the Chicago Metro History Fair), with top students advancing to the National Finals. From each state only two entries from the 10 categories compete in the Nationals.
  • The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Physics created by a team of academic experts and administered by Eastern Illinois University. The 2019-2020 Academic Challenge Team won 1st place in both the Regional and Sectional competitions.  
  • Our Regina Dominican Mathletes excel at the Illinois Council of the Teachers of Mathematics team and individual competitions.
  • Our future engineers participate in the Bridge Building Competition sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology.  High school students build bass-wood model bridges to very exacting specifications. The students who compete must have first placed in the top three in their own school competition.  Each bridge is tested against the specifications, and then subjected to increasing loads until it fails.
  • Students in French, Latin, and Spanish have the opportunity to compete in the National French Contest, National Latin Exam, and the National Spanish Exam, which are national contests sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, the American Classical League, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only international organization exclusively for secondary students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Individual secondary schools are invited to petition for a local chapter, through which individuals may be inducted into Society membership. Immediate benefits of affiliation include academic recognition, scholarship and award eligibility, and opportunities for networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts.
Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists was organized April 10, 1926, at the University of Iowa by renowned pollster George H. Gallup and a group of high school advisers for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing individual student achievement in journalism and scholastic publication.