National Honor Society

Membership in the National Honor Society has become recognized as one of the highest honors to be bestowed upon a high school student.  Membership is, however, more than an honor; it carries with it a responsibility and should be considered the beginning of an obligation, not merely the successful culmination of an effort to achieve honor or recognition.  He/she should continue to demonstrate the outstanding qualities of leadership, service, character, and scholarship which brought about his/her selection.  Selection is based on equal consideration of all four criteria.


The student who exercises leadership

  • Is resourceful in addressing new problems, applying principles and making suggestions
  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities
  • Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities
  • Exemplifies positive attitudes
  • Inspires positive behaviors in others
  • Demonstrates academic initiative
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility; conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates reliability and dependability
  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work or in other school or community activities
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude



The student who serves

  • Volunteers and provides 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
  • Does committee and staff work without complaint
  • Participates in some activity outside of school, for example, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor or disadvantaged
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students



The student of character

  • Demonstrates respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship
  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Consistently 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.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • Regularly shows courtesy, concern and respect for others
  • Observes instructions and rules, is punctual and faithful both inside and outside the classroom
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • Has powers of concentration, self-discipline and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies



Juniors who have a weighted GPA of 3.625 or above in all major subjects, including Religion for grades 9 and 10 as of June 2018 and seniors who have a weighted GPA of 3.625 or above in all major subjects including Religion for grades 9, 10 and 11 as of June 2018 will be eligible scholastically for consideration for membership.

The first step leading to candidacy for membership is eligibility. In order to be considered eligible, the student must meet the scholastic requirements listed above, must have completed both freshman and sophomore years, must have been in York Catholic High School for no less than one full semester, and must have a satisfactory conduct record.


When the conditions of eligibility have been met, the student may pursue candidacy.  Students who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a letter informing them of their eligibility.  During this phase, the candidate must provide evidence of the qualities of leadership, character, and service by completing an information form provided to him/her and returning the form to the NHS advisor on or before the date specified in said letter.


The NHS advisor oversees the faculty council committee and serves as an advocate for the candidates’ and members’ rights. The faculty council will convene with the advisor to review the material submitted by each candidate.   The faculty council will determine by majority vote which candidates are selected for membership for the coming school year based on the verifiable information provided.  The advisor is a non-voting member of the council and does not directly participate in the selection process.  The principal and or chapter advisor will inform the candidates of the faculty council’s decisions.


To remain a full, active member, each student must maintain a GPA of 3.500,  a satisfactory conduct record, and have an unblemished attendance record at all meetings and NHS events.  Failure to meet these standards will result in disciplinary action according to NHS national norms.


Advisor:  Ms. Jeanette Davis at or 717-846-8871 x407.