Honors Programs (Graduation Recognitions)

GHS Honors Program Requirements


**All GPA requirements must be met by the end of the Fall semester

of your senior year (December).**


TN Community Service Scholar Requirements (Purple Cord) 80 hours of community service.

Community Service Log/Application available online.


TN Graduate with Distinction Requirements (White Cord)

Students will be recognized as graduating with ‘state distinction’ by attaining a B average (3.0+ GPA)** and completing at least one of the following:

  • Earn a state or nationally recognized industry certification
  • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
  • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
  • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-finalist
  • Attain a 31 or higher ACT score
  • Attain a 3 or higher on at least 2 AP exams
  • Earn at least 12 college credits


Tri-Star Recognition (Pin)

Students can earn this honor in two ways:

1. Students who attain a 19 or higher composite ACT score AND have an industry certification (Microsoft certification, GTC, etc.) or

2.Students earn the Work Ethic Distinction by earning a minimum of 32 points on standards within the LEAP Work Ethic application and turn into counseling office. Apps are in counseling office and can be found at tnworkethic.com


GHS Honor Scholar (Gold Stole)

 3.5 cumulative GPA** 9-12th grade.  No Application required


Tennessee Graduate with Honors (Blue Cord) Meet all 4 ACT benchmarks prior to graduation. Benchmark scores E: 18 R: 22 M: 22 S: 23 No Application Required



For the purposes our office ordering the correct number of cords/medals, all documentation

(besides GPA) must be submitted by the Friday before Spring Break during Senior Year.

**GPA will only be based on the GPA obtained by Fall semester of the senior year.**