National Honor Society


    National Honor Society Membership

    The National Honor Society (NHS) is a service organization for juniors and seniors, which is based on the ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Conestoga Valley High School is one of more than 20,000 chapters established in the United States today. Our chapter operates under the National Constitution and bylaws.

    Membership Criteria

    1.   Scholarship

    • A minimum cumulative scholastic grade of 3.0 on a weighted 4.0 scaled (5.0 scale for Class
      of 2023 and beyond) is required.

    2.   Leadership: The student who leads:

    • Demonstrates resourcefulness in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions.
    • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school.
    • Delegates responsibilities.
    • Inspires positive behavior in others.
    • Holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducts business efficiently and effectively, and, without prodding, demonstrates reliability.
    • Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities.
    • Accepts responsibility and is dependable.

    3.   Service: The student who serves:

    • Upholds scholarship and maintains a loyal school attitude.
    • Participates in some outside activity: Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged.
    • Volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance.
    • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities.
    • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school.
    • Represents the class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition.
    • Performs committee and staff work without complaint.
    • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.

    4.   Character: The student of character:

    • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
    • Exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability).
    • Upholds principles of morality and ethics.
    • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
    • Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
    • Observes instructions, rules, punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and outside of class.
    • Demonstrates powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies.
    • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others.
    • Helps to reduce negative influences on school environment.

    Selection Process

    Juniors and seniors who meet these criteria are eligible candidates for membership in the Honor Society.

    • Applications are reviewed by a five-member faculty counsel.
    • Names of those students selected by a majority vote of the faculty council are then shared with the entire faculty to gain additional information.
    • The actual selections, however, are made by a majority vote of the five approved members of the faculty council.
    • An official induction ceremony is held for new inductees each year.


    Any conduct violations will be handled according to the National Charter.