National Honor Society

Cony High School Chapter


National Honor Society Adviser – Gretchen Livingston (


Officers for the 2020-21 School Year
President: Brooklynn Merrill
Vice President: Jack Rodrigue
Secretary: Amanda Jorgensen
Event Coordinator: Jack Begin

Other Returning Seniors:
Julia Reny, Anna Reny, Madeline Levesque, Hannah Richardson, Tessa Jorgensen, Hunter Davis, Kyle Douin, Eric McDonnell, Elijah Bezanson
New Inductees:
To be announced in December

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 taken at least 4 AP or honors course, have made and continue to make great contributions to their school and community through community service, and meet leadership and character criteria. A minimum of 45 service hours, accumulated since the beginning of freshman year, are required to be considered. However, many candidates have at least double that amount. 

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. If a student determines they meet the criteria and are interested in becoming a member, they will need to complete the required Google Form.

The Google Form 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 paperwork will be due in October.

Each submission will be read by all of the members of the faculty council. While the submissions are being read, Cony High School staff have an opportunity to provide feedback on the potential members. This information along with the paperwork which includes the community service hours and honors and AP courses taken are used to determine membership. If a candidate is not accepted 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.

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 various walks and childrens events.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 Cony Cupboard, the Amy Buxton Pet Pantry, the Bread of Life Soup Kitchen, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Safe Passage in Guatemala.