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National Honor Society

2024 National Honor Society

Kennedy Catholic maintains a chapter of the National Honor Society known as the St. Mary’s Chapter.  The chapter is named after our predecessor school, St. Mary’s in Katonah.

The National Honor Society was formed in 1921.  It recognizes students who exhibit the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Scholarship is demonstrated by maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 93.0.  In addition, the other qualities are described as follows on the National Honor Society website:

  • Service: This quality is defined as the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, without direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service;
  • Leadership: Student leaders are often viewed as those students who are resourceful, good problem solvers, involved in and promoters of school activities, idea contributors, dependable, and who are both organized and organizers;
  • Character: The student of good character can be said to be one who upholds principles of morality and ethics; is cooperative and responsible; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and is a good citizen. 

Rising juniors and seniors with the necessary cumulative grade point average who are eligible to apply for membership in the St. Mary’s Chapter of the National Honor Society are notified via traditional mail during the summer. The online application opens in the early fall. Decisions on applications are made by a Faculty Council, consisting of five members and chaired by the Chapter Advisor.  The current Chapter Advisor is Ms. Noelle Torre.

Students inducted into the St. Mary’s Chapter of the National Honor Society are required to provide in-school peer-tutoring to other Kennedy Catholic students.  Tutoring assignments are made by the Chapter Advisor. 

In addition, members of the National Honor Society are expected to continue to exhibit the necessary qualities of scholarship, service, leadership and character in order to maintain their membership in the National Honor Society.