National Honor Society
Cony High School Chapter
National Honor Society Adviser – Gretchen Livingston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Officers for the 2013 - 2014 School Year
Other Returning Seniors: Nick Benner, Zach Gagne, Josie Heath, Sarah Kaplan, Lindsay Lapierre, Brett Macfarland, Sarah Smith, Joe Wathen
The purpose of the National Honor Society is "to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in students of secondary schools." Membership in the local chapter is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service.
Membership is open to junior and senior students who have attained a cumulative scholastic average of at least an 85, are full time students (carry 5 or more credits), have made and continue to make great contributions to their school and community through community service, and meet leadership and character criteria.
Becoming a Member
There is an informational meeting in September to discuss the qualifications of membership and the expectations of members. Those juniors and seniors who meet the scholarship criteria will receive an invitation to attend an informational meeting during advisor time. If a student determines they meet the criteria and are interested in becoming a member, they will need to complete the application.
The application includes an informational page, a short narrative that shares information about the community service, examples of leadership qualities, examples of character traits, and a recommendation. This application will be due in early October. Each application will be read by two of the members of the faculty council. While the applications are being read, Cony High School staff have an opportunity to provide feedback on the potential members. Thinking about scholarship, service, leadership, and character, the staff is asked to indicate whether each applicant is an excellent candidate for membership, no concerns about membership, some concerns about membership, or no basis to provide feedback. This information along with the application which includes the community service hours and honors and AP courses taken are used to determine membership. If an application is rejected for membership, there is an appeal process should the student feel they meet the criteria.
Expectations of Membership
Students accepted for membership will need to attend the induction ceremony usually held at the beginning of December. For each year of membership, the NHS member will need to complete at least 15 hours of community service above and beyond NHS sponsored projects.
National Honor Society Cony Chapter Service Hours Form
Members must participate in our annual New Year’s Bottle Drive to help support the chapter. Seniors pay for NHS stoles to wear at graduation if they choose.
NHS Sponsored Projects
Each year the NHS chapter is busy with numerous projects. Members volunteer every week at the Cohen Community Center. We also volunteer at two walks in the spring: The MS walk which is held at Cony and the March of Dimes walk held on the Rail Trail. NHS members usher for the annual Chizzle Wizzle show on Friday night of Chizzle Wizzle week. Junior NHS members usher at Class Day and Graduation. We also sponsor an annual Penny Wars challenge within the school to raise money for a charity of the members’ choice. Recent charities have been the Bread of Life Soup Kitchen, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Safe Passage in Guatemala.
This section contains the membership application. In order to be considered, students must meet the following requirements:
- GPA of 85 or higher
- 30 hours of community service for juniors and 45 hours for seniors
- 3 honors or AP classes for juniors and 4 honors or AP classes for seniors (an average of 1 per school year)
To complete the application process, the prospective member will need to complete the front page, write a narrative, and have a character reference written.
Membership Application Front Page & Narrative Instructions
Membership Application Character Reference Instructions 2013