National Honor Society

National Honor Society

Selection Process

Selection Process Overview for the Cherry Valley – Springfield

Excelsior Chapter / National Honor Society.

The Cherry Valley-Springfield Excelsior Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) will once again be inviting eligible Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors to apply for membership. Membership in NHS is an honor and a privilege bestowed on few high school students and represents a pinnacle of both academic achievement and character.   It is a public recognition of accomplishment as well as a private commitment by the selected students to continued excellence.

In addition to academic excellence, members must demonstrate superb leadership, public service and character traits, and be recommended based on these criteria by one of more faculty members.   Once inducted, members of NHS engage in both individual and group community service activities. The members will form a service club to facilitate these community service activities and to conduct future induction ceremonies

  1. All students in grades 11 or 12 with an academic average of at least an 88 as of the end of the last school year will be invited to apply for membership. If you have received this letter and the accompanying application, you have met the academic qualifications.
  1. Students who choose to apply must complete an application that includes a 150 word essay that accurately describes their qualification to be inducted into the NHS, addressing the four elements upon which the National Honor Society is based (Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character).  In a separate paragraph, students must also describe a service project that they will undertake if selected for membership, as well as a proposed group service project. The Student and at least one Parent/Guardian must sign the acknowledgement at the bottom of the form. The student must obtain recommendations from four teachers.  
  1. Once the applications are received, a teacher survey form will be sent to staff familiar with each student who applied for membership.  The teachers will evaluate each student with whom they are familiar in each of the Character traits (Honesty, Courtesy, Responsibility, Cooperation and Ethics) as described by the National Honor Society.  Totals will be compiled and added to the Character portion of the application file.
  1. The Principal will appoint a faculty council of five (5) members to review the student membership application files.  This council will then make recommendations to the Principal. The Principal will make the final determination as to who is chosen for induction into NHS and who is not chosen.  
  1. Students who meet the standards of the National Honor Society as determined by this process and designation by the Principal will be invited to an Induction Ceremony.
  1. The National Honor Society does not discriminate against any student based upon his or her protected characteristics.  The NHS Constitution permits schools to consider students with special needs for membership based on alternative criteria. The faculty council may identify students in this classification for induction into NHS based on alternative criteria.
  1. Any questions about the induction process or the National Honor Society may be addressed to Ms. Schecter, the NHS Adviser, at [email protected].





The constitution of the National Honor Society was revised in 2008 and approved by the NASSP Board of Directors.  Local NHS Chapter Bylaws must be consistent with the National Honor Society Constitution.



















Section 1.  The name of this organization shall be the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools (NHS).

Section 2.  The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.

Section 3.  NHS is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit association.


Section 1.  The control of the organization shall be vested in the NASSP Board of Directors

Section 2.  There shall be a National Council to advise the NASSP Board of Directors regarding NHS and its policies and procedures.

Section 3.  The National Council shall consist of eleven members appointed by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, one representative chosen from each of the NASSP administrative regions, two at-large principals or assistant principals (from any region), and the NJHS Representative, a chapter advisor from a middle level school.  Regional representatives shall alternate terms between principals and advisers according to the schedule developed by the national office. The executive director of NASSP shall be an ex-officio member of the National Council. The NASSP director of student activities shall be an ex-officio member and shall serve as secretary of the National Council.

Section 4. Members shall be appointed for a term of no more than three (3) years.

Section 5. A simple majority of members shall constitute a quorum of the National Council.


Section 1.  Local chapters may choose to organize state associations.

Section 2.  Any state association of National Honor Society chapters shall conform to this Constitution and shall work with NASSP in furthering the purpose of this organization.

Section 3. All state associations shall be affiliated with the National Honor Society.

Section 4.  The state affiliate shall not serve as an appeal board for local chapter non-selection or dismissal cases.

Section 5.  Bylaws of the state association must be approved by NASSP and must be consistent with the NHS Constitution.


Section1. Any secondary public school is eligible to apply for a charter for a local chapter. Nonpublic secondary schools accredited or approved by state departments of education or by accrediting agencies approved by NASSP are eligible to apply for a charter for a local chapter.  Each school shall have its own chapter except in cases where a schools size precludes the formation of a full Faculty Council. In such cases, a chapter can be shared as long as all other constitutional requirements can be met. A middle level unit in the same building with a high school unit will be appropriate cause for two separate chapters (one for the National Junior Honor Society and one for the National Honor Society).

Section 2: Each chapter shall pay a chartering fee determined by the NASSP Board of Directors.

Section 3. Each school with a chapter shall pay an annual affiliation fee approved by the NASSP Board of Directors.

Section 4.  The annual individual member dues paid to a chapter or state affiliate, if any, shall not exceed twenty dollars inclusively. The exact amount shall be determined by the executive committee of the chapter and shall be subject to the approval of the chapter membership.

Section 5.  Duly chartered local chapters shall conform to this Constitution as set forth by the NASSP Board of Directors. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the chapter.


Section 1. Shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.

Section 2.  Shall annually appoint a member of the faculty as chapter adviser, who may serve consecutive terms.

Section 3.  Shall annually appoint a Faculty Council composed of five members of the school’s faculty who may service consecutive terms.

Section 4. Shall receive appeals in cases of non-selection of candidates, and the disciplining or dismissal of members


Section 1. Shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community

Section 2. Shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. Shall send the annual report to the National office.

Section 3.  Shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations.

Section 4. Shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties

Section 5. Shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, six and/or seventh member of the Faculty Council.


Section 1. Shall consist of five voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal. The chapter adviser(s) shall be ex-officio, non-voting members of the Faculty Council.  No principal or assistant principal may be included on the Faculty Council.

Section 2.  Shall have a term of one year. Members may be appointed on consecutive terms

Section 3. Shall meet at least once a year to review the procedure of the chapter, select members, as well as, consider non-selection, dismissal, or disciplinary actions and warning cases.

Section 4.  The Faculty Council shall develop and revise, when necessary, all chapter procedures for selection, discipline, and dismissal of members, all of which must remain in compliance with this Constitution and NHS policies.


Section 1. Membership in local chapters is an honor bestowed upon a student.  Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership and service.  Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Some candidates may be ineligible for induction because of the semester ruling.  Many students, including students of military parents, are required to move with parents or guardians that have transferred in their work. The present school principal should seek a recommendation from the previous school principal or chapter adviser pursuant to the candidate’s selection.  On the basis of the recommendation of the previous principal or chapter adviser, the Faculty Council may waive the semester regulation.

Section 2.  Membership shall be known as active, honorary, and graduate.  Active members shall become graduate members at graduation. Graduate members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.

Section 3.  The Faculty Council shall reserve the right to award honorary memberships to school officials, principals, teachers, NHS advisers, adults, students with disabilities, or foreign exchange students in recognition of achievement and/or outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the purpose of the National Honor Society.  Honorary members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.

Section 4.  Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.

Section 5.  Members who are seniors in good standing are eligible to be nominated by their chapter to compete in the National Honor Society Scholarship Program.

Section 6.  A NHS member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the principal or chapter adviser to the new school adviser shall be accepted automatically as a member in the new school’s chapter.  Transfer members must meet the new chapter’s standards within one semester in order to retain membership

Section 7.  Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for members or its benefits. They must return their membership card and pin immediately.

Section 8.  Candidates must have successfully complete ninth grade, as well as a minimum of one semester of attendance at the school affiliated with the NSH Chapter the candidate is applying to for acceptance.

Section 9.  Applicants must maintain a minimum scholastic average of 88% and will be evaluated based on scholarship, character, leadership and service by the Faculty Council.

Section 10.  Members must participate in a minimum of two club community service activities and one independent community service activity per school year.  Individual’s community service proposals must be approved by the CV- SCS NHS adviser.

Section 11.  Members may miss one NHS meeting per year without an approved excuse.  All other meeting excuses must be approved by the NHS adviser. The second unapproved absence will result in a warning and an additional hour of community services.  The third unapproved absence will be considered grounds for dismissal and action will be addressed by the CV- SCS NHS Faculty Council.


Section 1.  To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a member of those classes (Sophomore, Junior, Senior) designated as eligible in the chapter bylaws. Freshmen are not eligible.  Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester.

Section 2.  The national minimum standard for scholarship shall be a cumulative scholastic average of at least 88 percent as reported on the class ranking report for each grade level from the PowerSchool grading system.  Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character.

Section 3. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.  Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser shall review with the principal the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations.

Section 4.  A description of the selection procedure shall be published in an official school publication that is widely available in a timely fashion to all students and parents of the school.  The selection procedure shall be determined by the Faculty Council and shall be consistent with the rules and regulations of NHS.

Section 5.  NASSP shall not review the judgment of the Faculty Council regarding selection of individual members to local chapters.

The CV- SCS NHS selection committee shall be comprised of the Faculty Council members, the Secondary School Principal and the CV- SCS NHS advisor(s).  The Faculty Council will be the only voting members of the selection committee. All candidates will be approved through a majority vote. All candidates must complete an application form and write a 150 word essay no later than one week prior to the scheduled induction ceremony.  The candidates will be notified personally and presented with the application form and given the exact due date.


Section 1.  The Faculty Council, in compliance with the rules and regulations of the National Honor Society, shall determine the procedure for dismissal.  A written description of the dismissal procedure shall be available to interested parties. To maintain compliance, all local procedures must conform to the full provisions of this article.  Faculty Councils can consider disciplinary actions that are less severe than dismissal if circumstances warrant.

Section 2.  Members who fall below the standards that were the basis of their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser(s) and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency.  In the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not have to be warned.

Section 3.  The Faculty Council shall determine when an individual has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.

Section 4.  In all cases of pending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council. (Note: This hearing is required and is considered “due process” for all members).

Section 5. For purposes of dismissal, a majority vote of the Faculty Council is required.

Section 6.  A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council to the principal and thereafter, under the same rules for disciplinary appeals in the school district.

Section 7.  NASSP shall hear no appeals in dismissal cases.  (Note: Refer to Article VIII, Section 7 regarding the permanent consequences for members when dismissed.)


Section 1.  The officers of the chapter, their duties, and the method of their election shall be determined by the members of the chapter, approved by the Faculty Council and the principal, and described in the chapter bylaws.

Section 2.  New officers shall be installed at a special ceremony.

Section 3.  Officers shall be elected by the membership and must be approved by the Faculty Council and School Principal before assuming their duties.  Officers will consist of :

President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary


Section 1.  Shall consist of the officers of the chapter and the chapter adviser(s).

Section 2.  Shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter between its business meetings, make recommendation to the chapter, and determine and perform such other duties as are specified in the chapter bylaws.  All actions and recommendations of the executive committee shall be subject to the review of the chapter membership.

Section 3.  The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations, except those with regards to the selection, discipline, or dismissal of members which are the sole domain of the chapter’s Faculty Council per the provision of Article VII, Section 4.


Section 1.  Shall have regular meetings during the school year on days designated by the executive committee and in accordance with school policy and regulations.

Section 2.  The executive committee shall meet a minimum of once per month and the membership shall meet a minimum of once every two months. (Note: Article VIII Section 11 regarding meeting absences).

Section 3.  The chapter president or other designated student leader may call special meetings approved by the executive committee.

Section 4.  Chapters shall conduct meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised in all points not expressly provided for in this Constitution or the chapter bylaws.


Section 1.  Shall determine one or more service projects for each year.

Section 2.  All members shall regularly participate in these projects.

Section 3.  These projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community; have the support of the administration and the faculty, be appropriate and educationally defensible; be well planned, organized and executed.

Section 4.  Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interests.  This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contributes.

Section 5.  Each chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.


Section 1. This organization shall have an official emblem.  The emblem shall be uniform and its distribution and rules for its use shall be determined by the NASSP Board of Directors.

Section 2.  Each active, graduate, or honorary member in good standing with the chapter shall be entitled to wear this emblem.

Section 3.  Any member who resigns or is dismissed shall return the emblem to the chapter adviser.

Section 4.  All insignia must be procured from the national office of the National Honor Society.  All insignia are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and may not be copied by anyone without written permission of the NHS national office.

Section 5. The motto of the National Honor Society shall be Noblesse Oblige.

Section 6.  The official colors of the National Honor Society shall be blue and gold.

Section 7.  A graduate member may purchase a replacement for a lost emblem by verifying membership to the national office.


Section 1.  Each chapter shall write bylaws to amplify sections of the Constitution and to clarify operating procedures of the chapter.  Bylaws do not need the approval of NASSP but must be consistent with this Constitution.

Section 2.  The chapter bylaws shall contain information concerning the election and duties of officers, the schedule of meetings, member obligations, dues and the like.


Original Approval: 2014, 2015,

Review and Revision: 2018

It shall be the responsibility of the Principal and CV-SCS NHS advisers to review and revise these bylaws at least annually.

NHS - Bylaws - download

Application Form


Appeal Notice

Pursuant to the National Honor Society Constitution, The Cherry Valley -Springfield chapter has established an appeal procedure for decisions not to induct a student into the National Honor Society.

Decisions whether or not to induct a student are made by the faculty council, reviewable by the Principal, whose decision is final.  If a student has been notified that he or she will not be inducted, despite having the necessary academic credentials of a GPA of 88 or above, the student may appeal the faculty council’s decision by sending or delivering a letter to the Principal within 14 days of being notified of the decision.  That letter should include the reasons why the student believes that he or she should be inducted, as well as any other relevant information.

Once received, the Principal will review the letter.  The Principal may, but is not required to, invite the student to a meeting to discuss the reasons for the initial decision and the information provided in the appeal letter.

Within five days of receipt of the letter, or of the meeting if it occurs, the Principal will notify the student of his / her decision.  The NHS advisor will also receive a copy of the original student’s letter and the Principal’s decision.

The Principal may uphold the faculty council’s decision, reverse it in total, or modify the faculty council’s decision to impose certain conditions that the student must meet in order to be considered for induction at a later date.  If the faculty council’s decision is reversed or modified with conditions such that the student may be inducted at a later date, the NHS advisor may conduct a separate induction for the student or include the student in a later group induction ceremony, consistent with the determination of the Principal.

All decisions made by the Principal are final.

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