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National Honor Society

Warwick Valley High School


Open to Juniors, and Seniors who have attended the school for the equivalent of one semester and who have a cumulative scholastic average of 92 percent. Students who meet the scholastic requirement are then extensively evaluated by the faculty council on the basis of leadership, service, and character.


To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character in students of secondary schools.


Through various student leadership and community service projects, members of the National Honor Society strive to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and in the spirit of the community and school.


Juniors and Seniors who have completed at least one semester and have a weighted grade point average of at 92 or better will be invited to apply for membership.

There are four qualities that are used by the selection committee in identifying new National Honor Society members:

1) Scholarship

Students must have a weighted average of 92 or above for the time period beginning 9th grade through the current fall semester. For example, if applying as a junior, the grade-point-average covers 9th and 10th grade and fall semester of their junior year.

2) Character

The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. Students select five teachers to rate them from the prior two years of school. Each teacher is given a character survey on the student and is asked to rate them on a scale of 1-4 in ten areas. The highest possible score is 200. The committee looks for scores above 180 (90 percentile) although a score below 180 does not automatically eliminate a student from consideration.

3) Service

Service is generally considered to be those actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. In considering service, the contributions this candidate has made to school, classmates, and community, as well as the student’s attitude toward service can be reviewed. The student who is high in service volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance; is gladly available; is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance; works well with others; is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities; cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to school; mentors persons in the community or school; participates in some volunteer activity outside of school; and shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.

4) Leadership

Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. The students who exercise leadership demonstrate initiative in school activities and exercise a positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals. They are able to delegate responsibilities and inspire positive behavior in others. They demonstrate reliability and dependability. They can delegate responsibility and inspire positive behavior in others. They are a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities. They are viewed by others as a leader.