National Honor Society

Special Measures for 2019-2020

Due to social distancing measures and school closure, community service requirements (including completing a service project) have been waived for the 2019-2020 school year for current members.


The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide association sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  It is dedicated to promoting academic excellence and fostering qualities of character, leadership and service.  Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student.


To be eligible for membership, the candidate must complete his/her sophomore year and adhere to the following criteria:

  1. The student must have a minimum weighted cumulative scholastic average (WCSA) of 3.7 and have been in attendance at Hanover High School the equivalent of one semester before being invited to submit his or her portfolio. Beginning with the class of 2020, the student must have a minimum WCSA of 3.85. Beginning with the class of 2021, the student must have a minimum WCSA of 4.0.  
  2. The student must have held a minimum of one leadership position in the school or community prior to his or her junior year.
  3. The student must have completed a minimum of 40 hours for one or more service activities during his or her high school career.

Eligible students are notified in writing the summer after their sophomore year and are asked to submit a completed Candidate Portfolio. A Faculty Council approved by the Principal selects students by majority vote on the basis of leadership, service, and character as derived from the Candidate Portfolio, faculty and administrative input, and the student Interview. All applicants are notified in writing of the Faculty Council’s decisions. Any student who violates the National Honor Society Constitution and/or school rules will be subject to suspension or dismissal from the Society.