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Project Grant applications due
Junior Summer Study Stipend applications due
Damascus High School
Chapter: Damascus English Honors Society
DeKalb High School
Chapter: Library Whist Club
Fort Myers High School
Chapter: Fort Myers High School
Fort Myers, FL
Lewisburg High School
Chapter: Lewisburg High School
Olive Branch, MS
Mayo High School for Math, Science & Tech.
Chapter: Epsilon Lambda Alpha
Sacred Heart Academy
Chapter: Sacred Heart Academy
Surry Central High School
Chapter: Golden Talon
The Sagemont School
Walter L. Sicles High School
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In This Issue
March is upon us—winter begins to fade, spring break looms large in the minds of students and staff, and graduation details begin to take final shape. March is also the "birth month" of John Irving (1942), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928), Edward Albee (1938), and John Updike (1932), fine writers all.
Staff members from the Central Office of National English Honor Society bring you greetings as March unfolds. We all have returned to the busy work of the Central Office, having successfully finished the recent Sigma Tau Delta 2014 International Convention in Savannah, GA. The NEHS Advisory Council members in attendance at the convention worked on scholarship reviews, discussed Common Reader recommendations for 2014-2015, and shared ideas for new initiatives that will be forthcoming as our organization continues to grow. More information from these discussions will be shared in upcoming newsletters.
This issue of NEHSXpress focuses on the following—an announcement of the winners of the Intellectual Freedom Challenge; an invitation for juniors to apply for a Summer Study Stipend; reminders about chapter project grants and outstanding chapter application deadlines; a marketing initiative to invite new NEHS chapters to join the society; an invitation to write for the Museletter; and a reminder about graduation merchandise. We hope you find all of it useful; please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.
Congratulations to the following NEHS members who submitted excellent essays for the Intellectual Freedom Challenge, an NEHS competition that asks students to defend the use of a potentially controversial text. These winning students receive Crafton Awards, monetary awards named for Robert Crafton, professor at Slippery Rock University and past president of Sigma Tau Delta.
The winners are:
Kriya Wong, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, CA
Monica Crawford, Junius H. Rose High School, NC
Amanda Quinn, West Islip High School, NY
Katherine Weber, The Covenant School, TX
Katherine Miller, Bolton High School, LA
Lillian Jin, Northview High School, GA
Katelin Haines, Mena High School, AR
View: Winning Papers
Each student receives $100 and each of their chapters receives $50. The essays will be forwarded to National Council of Teachers of English for possible inclusion in their files of essays used to support teachers faced with censorship challenges.
We invite current members of active chapters of NEHS who are juniors to apply for two available Summer Study Stipends. These $750 awards are intended to support students who have been accepted to and will be attending an academic, English-related study program that will take place during summer of 2014. View the Junior Summer Study Stipend page for further information about the award and the application process. All applications for this competitive award are due Monday, May 5, 2014.
Personal invitations to join NEHS are always the best way to expand the network of chapters we have developed across the country. While we are thrilled that almost 650 chartered chapters exist, we would love to add more schools to the NEHS family by asking existing chapter members and Advisors to reach out to nearby schools and invite them to join. As an incentive, we will award up to seven NEHS banners to chapters that have recruited the new schools to join. One banner per region will be awarded; if more than one school in a region finds a new chapter, we'll draw for a winner!
New chapters must apply for their charters from March 1, 2014 through September 1, 2014 for the sponsoring chapters to be eligible for this drawing. Make sure that the new school includes the sponsoring school's name, address, and chapter name on the Charter Application Form before submitting the application. Address any questions to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.
Graduation is just around the corner. Don't delay in ordering graduation cords for your senior members. Other merchandise is also available, including NEHS patches to be affixed to letter jackets and other school attire, and NEHS stickers to be placed on transcripts.
View: NEHS Merchandise
Applications for a limited number of NEHS project grants may be submitted by May 5, 2014 to be utilized during the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year. Chapters receiving awards will be notified soon after the deadline. These grants allow chapters to extend literacy opportunities within school and in local communities. View the Project Grants page for more information.
Outstanding Chapter Award applications are now available. While we encourage chapters to send the applications soon after school is out while memories are fresh and materials are at hand, the deadline for applications is September 15, 2014.
Chapter Advisors are encouraged to share news from communities in the NEHS network about how the honor society has "made the news" or how an outstanding NEHS student member has been recognized for service activities that have had positive impacts on others. The Museletter Blog would be an ideal place for those newsworthy items to be shared.
When events occur, please send a brief article, with accompanying pictures, to email@example.com. We'll work with you to get them "blog-ready!" Please consider sending articles concerning successful projects and events to us for publication as well. Look for NEHS on Facebook!