The purpose of the National Honor Society (NHS) is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to perform service within the school and broaden community service, to promote leadership and to develop character among members (Constitution of NHS, Article I, Section 2). Members are selected based on their demonstration of the four qualities of scholarship, character, service and leadership. Students with an average of 88% and above may apply for membership in the National Honor Society.
Each year the NHS sponsors the Senior Citizen Prom, in addition to various other subcommittees. In addition, a tutoring program is in place in order to tutor other students at OHS. Other opportunities to volunteer throughout Westchester County are also available, such as the Great Pumpkin Festival at Van Cortlandt Manor and Phelps Memorial Hospital.
The three qualifications set by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for membership in the National Honor Society are :
- Academic excellence: Maintaining a cumulative GPA of an 88 or higher.
- Service: Completing a minimum of 20 hours of community service annually.
- Character: Exhibiting good character.
Students are invited to be inducted into the National Honor Society if they have an overall GPA of at least an 88 after one full year of high school. Therefore, students cannot be inducted until completion of ninth grade. Students must complete 3 hours of community service prior to the induction ceremony which cannot include previous service.
NHS members must maintain an 88 grade point average each year and complete 20 hours of community service each school year. Members who do not fulfill this obligation are placed on probation.