October marks the 10th anniversary of the National Day on Writing, launched by National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) by visionary leaders intent on bringing the importance of writing and the teaching of writing to the forefront. NCTE will host a month-long Twitter feed, #WhyIWrite Social Campaign, sharing the reasons people write. On October 14, there will be a Twitter chat on Writing for Empathy, supporting the important role writing may play in nurturing civic engagement in school. Additionally, on October 19, Jacqueline Woodson will conduct a virtual write-in for aspiring writers entitled Writing = Hope x Change.

National Day on Writing Challenge




new NESH Members

NEHS is open to high school students and select faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability in such areas as literary analysis, media studies, composition, linguistic study, and creative writing, and who meet the requirements of membership.


NEHS Members Inducted


Membership Increase


Chartering a chapter of the National English Honor Society (NEHS) connects schools with a national network of English teachers and students who share a special interest in language, literature, and writing.

Each chapter plans and directs a program of activities in order to develop the community of people who are interested in English. Participation in chapter activities is one of the most valuable benefits of NEHS membership; the kinds of appropriate activities are limited only by the members' imaginations.

Start a Chapter

Bergenfield NEHS Members

The Common Readers

NEHS will embark on a new path for the Merit Scholarship competition for the 2018-2019 school year by giving NEHS members a choice between two novels. These novels have some similarities but are set in different eras, one in Ohio in 1977, the other in China and Japan in 1937. One deals with a family tragedy, an event that exposes fault lines within the family; the other, set against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of China, carefully and beautifully unveils human kindness and weakness. Applicants for the Merit Scholarships are to select ONE of these two texts as the basis of their application submissions, which will be due January 16, 2019.

Common Readers

Common Readers


Annually, NEHS offers $49,000 in a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each for active NEHS members planning on enrolling full time in two-year and four-year colleges.

$1,500 Scholarship
Brain & Behavioral Sciences major at Purdue Univeristy

Nimisha Prasad

Oswego East High School, IL

$4,000 Scholarship
English major at The University of Maryland

Madeline Arbutus

Catholic High School of Baltimore, MD

$2,000 Scholarship
Computer Science major at
Brown University

George Rusu

West Covina High School, CA

$3,000 Scholarship
English major at
Salisbury University

Kyla Taylor

Stephen Decatur High School, MD