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September 1
Intellectual Freedom Challenge submissions open

September 18
Outstanding Chapter Awards applications due

October 23
Intellectual Freedom Challenge submissions due

November 17
Project Grant applications due

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Welcome New Chapters

Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Chapter: Academy of Our Lady of Peace
San Diego, CA

Basis San Antonio Shavano
Chapter: Basis Shavano
San Antonio, TX

Bergen Catholic High School
Chapter: James Horner
Oradell, NJ

Bethel High School
Chapter: Noble House of Divinus
Hampton, VA

Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School
Chapter: L. Frank Baum
East Syracuse, NY

Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School
Chapter: Charter of Champions
Boerne, TX

Douglas County High School
Chapter: Lords of DC-pline
Douglasville, GA

Eagle's Landing High School
Chapter: Order of the Golden Eagle
McDonough, GA

East Brunswick High School
Chapter: Bears
East Brunswick, NJ

Fort Lauderdale High School
Chapter: Untitled
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hebron High School
Chapter: Hebron Renaissance
Carrollton, TX

La Plata High School
Chapter: Bibliophile Society of La Plata High School
La Plata, MD

Lake Braddock Secondary School
Chapter: Jesse L. Watson
Burke, VA

Louisville Collegiate School
Chapter: Oxford Comma Loyalist
Louisville, KY

MAST @ Homestead
Chapter: MAST's Lit Society
Homestead, FL

Pearl River High School
Chapter: Order of the Phoenix
Pearl River, NY

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School
Chapter: Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School
Dumfries, VA

St. Anthony Catholic High School
Chapter: St. Anthony
San Antonio, TX

Staples High School
Chapter: Lynsey Addario English and Journalism Honor Society
Wesport, CT

Trinity Christian Academy
Chapter: Trinity Christian Academy NEHS
Addison, TX

Windermere High School
Chapter: Windermere High School
Windermere, FL

Yorkville High School
Chapter: Sheila R. Thompson
Yorkville, IL

In This Issue

  1. New Advisory Council Member for the Southern Region
  2. NEHS Intellectual Freedom Challenge
  3. Outstanding Chapter Awards
  4. New Advisor Grants
  5. Additional New Initiatives for 2017-2018
  6. Annual Reports for 2016-2017

Welcome back to school! As English teachers and NEHS members, we understand how reading, writing, sharing ideas, and viewing texts affect our hearts and minds. Those who believe the discipline is not "marketable" might be surprised about the successes of the members of National English Honor Society (NEHS), which stands firm in the belief that the study of the human condition is of upmost importance. NEHS salutes those dedicated to the study of literature, language, and the arts.

As the school year begins, enjoy this poem by Geoffrey Brock, winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize:

Prof of Profs
by Geoffrey Brock

For Allison Hogge, in memory of Brian Wilkie

I was a math major—fond of all things rational.
It was the first day of my first poetry class.
The prof, with the air of a priest at Latin mass,
told us that we could "make great poetry personal,"

could own it, since poetry we memorize sings
inside us always. By way of illustration
he began reciting Shelley with real passion,
but stopped at "Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"—
because, with that last plosive, his top denture
popped from his mouth and bounced off an empty chair.

He blinked, then offered, as postscript to his lecture,
a promise so splendid it made me give up math:
"More thingth like that will happen in thith clath."

We enter our twelfth year as an honor society dedicated to the study of English in all its iterations, pleased to celebrate our 989 chapters—anticipating we'll reach the 1,000 mark this school year! Close to 20,000 high school students will be members of NEHS this school year; in their passion for English, they will affect thousands of others in their communities as they make use of their literary talents.

This issue of NEHSXpress includes information on the following—introducing a new Advisory Council member, the Intellectual Freedom Challenge, Chapter Annual reports and blogs, the Outstanding Chapter Award, new initiatives, and new Advisor grant opportunities. Please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

New Advisory Council Member for the Southern Region

Please welcome Dr. Cathy Power, Milton High School, GA, as the newest member of the NEHS Advisory Council. Cathy joins Nancy Monroe, Bolton High School, LA, and Diane Ruth, Covington Catholic High School, KY, who together lead the region with the most NEHS chapters. Dr. Power represented NEHS at the NCTE convention in Atlanta last year and will be a fine asset to the leadership team.

NEHS seeks additional leaders to join the Advisory Council, particularly in the populous Eastern, Southwestern, and Far Western regions. Advisors who may be interested in these positions should contact NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

NEHS Intellectual Freedom Challenge

This competition is exclusively for junior and sophomore members of active NEHS chapters. The Intellectual Freedom Challenge invites NEHS members to submit well-reasoned, argumentative essays about the use of controversial texts that have been or may be challenged due to theme, content, or language. Successful students receive book gift certificates as well as a monetary Crafton Award. Essays will be accepted from September 1 through October 23, 2017.

This program is held in conjunction with the American Library Association's annual celebration of Banned Books Week, scheduled this year for September 24-September 30, 2017. Check the ALA website for more information.

Outstanding Chapter Awards

National English Honor Society's Outstanding Chapter Awards are designed to recognize local chapters that have exhibited outstanding motivation, creativity, and service in the preceding year. Award recipients will receive a check for $250 and a plaque. Winning chapters will also be highlighted in the NEHS Museletter blog this fall.

Any active chapter is eligible to apply for an Outstanding Chapter Award, but no chapter may receive an Outstanding Chapter Award in consecutive years. Active chapters may use relevant information assembled for a Project Grant application when applying for an Outstanding Chapter Award. Specific application requirements are posted with each award description.

Applications are due Monday, September 18, 2017, for the 2016-2017 awards.

New Advisor Grants

NEHS believes in educators and wishes to support them, particularly those willing to add even more to the challenges of 21st century education by eagerly serving as NEHS Advisors. Advisors are encouraged to apply for these new grants intended to supplement other funding sources. Grants must be used to enhance the teaching and learning of the English language arts that will also directly impact effectiveness of leading NEHS chapters. Applicants must explain the intended use of grant funds and submit a blog article detailing the outcomes resulting from the grant.

Grants ranging in amounts from $25-$300 are available throughout the school year. View application information.

Additional New Initiatives for 2017-2018

The Sigma Tau Delta Board of Directors meets in Cincinnati in September; at that time, budget proposals will be submitted for approval. Among the requests will be funds for the following:

All of these initiatives will be announced in more detail once the Board of Directors approves the funding. NEHS will send email to all Lead Advisors as specifics become available.

Annual Reports 2016-2017

Congratulations to Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, SC, the winner of the drawing for $100 for timely completion of the Annual Report. Chapters submitted 557 reports this year, a record number. Submitting reports is a requirement for all chapters; make plans now to keep track of all important events being planned for the upcoming year and mark your calendars for June 4, 2018, to submit your report.