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April 3
John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award applications due

Junior Summer Study Stipend applications open

Service Award applications due

May 1
Junior Summer Study Stipend applications due

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Welcome New Chapters

Chancellor High School
Chapter: Light Brigade
Fredericksburg, VA

Dwight Morrow High School
Chapter: Libris Magni
Eaglewood, NJ

Greene County High School
Chapter: Hodges Pierce Pulliam
Leakesville, MS

Midlothian High School
Chapter: Midlothian High School
Midlothian, VA

Ola High School
Chapter: Just One More
McDonough, GA

Pleasantville High School
Chapter: Pleasantville High School Chapter of the NEHS
Pleasantville, NY

Providence Christian Academy
Chapter: Providence Christian Academy
Lilburn, GA

University High School, FL
Chapter: University High School National English Honor Society
Orange City, FL

In This Issue

  1. John L. Manear Outstanding NEHS Advisor Award
  2. Summer Study Stipends for Junior Members of NEHS
  3. Need-Based Scholarships
  4. Merit-Based Scholarships
  5. Common Reader Recommendations for 2018
  6. NEHS Merchandise

March 2017—Spring Breaks occur this month, signaling the increasing pace to the end of the school year. So many activities fill the school calendar now, with spring musicals, assessments, and preparation for the final push to the end of the year and graduation. As spring approaches, we also know NEHS inductions will be scheduled.

The staff members from the Central Office bring you greetings. We will be traveling to Louisville, KY, for the Sigma Tau Delta 2017 International Convention in late March. There, the NEHS Advisory Council members in attendance will work to finalize scholarship essay reviews winnowed from the record number of entries received this year, will discuss Common Reader recommendations for 2017-2018, make recommendations for 2018 in anticipation of the development of the budget for next year, and will share ideas for new initiatives that will be forthcoming as our organization grows.

Special March dates: Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) is March 2; World Storytelling Day is March 20; and World Poetry Day is March 21. Literary birthdays include Ralph Ellison (1st), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (6th), Lois Lowry (20th), Tennessee Williams (26th), and Robert Frost (26th). Perhaps some of those designated days might give your chapter an idea for promoting literacy.

This issue of NEHSXpress focuses on the following—an invitation for nominations for Outstanding NEHS Advisor; a reminder for juniors to apply for a Summer Study Stipend; an update on the merit-based scholarships; a reminder of the deadline for the need-based scholarship applications, a call for recommendations for the Common Reader for 2017-2018, and a suggestion to plan now for ordering NEHS graduation supplies. We hope you find the information helpful; please send news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

John L. Manear Outstanding NEHS Advisor Award

The John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award will be presented to one Chapter Advisor who has given generously of time, talent, creativity, and leadership to a local NEHS chapter. The award recognizes Advisors who foster the spirit of academic excellence and community service in their work with chapter members. We also hope the award is a means to recognize outstanding educators; in these times, it seems that bashing education is "fashionable"; those of us dedicated to the profession know the challenges and rewards; we hope to celebrate excellence with this new recognition.

Specific information about the nomination process may be found on the NEHS website; three letters of nominations must come from a school administrator, a faculty colleague, and a student member of NEHS. The deadline for receipt of the letters is April 3, 2017.

Summer Study Stipends for Junior Members of NEHS

It is not too early for current junior members of NEHS to begin to plan to apply for a Summer Study Stipend. These $750 awards are intended to support students who have been accepted to and will be attending an academic study program that will take place during the summer of 2017. Applications for this competitive award will be accepted from April 3 through May 1, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., CDT.

View: Summer Study Stipend Award and Application Process

Need-Based Scholarships

NEHS wishes to support students who have been active participants in National English Honor Society and who qualify for a need-based award due to income and/or family circumstance. Four (4) $1,000 scholarships are available this year.

These awards are competitive in nature and will be evaluated by members of the NEHS Advisory Council. Applications are due March 13.

View: Need-Based Scholarship Guidelines and Application Process

Merit-Based Scholarships

A record number of scholarship essays were submitted for consideration this year; we received over 230 entries! Given that number we instituted a new system of evaluation, asking NEHS Chapter Advisors to read the papers in a first round. Thirteen teams of educators read each of the papers; all papers were read twice. The highest-scoring papers are now being distributed to Advisory Council members for a second round of judging; final decisions will be made in late March with notification to students and chapters within the first two weeks of April.

Common Reader Recommendations for 2018

The selection of a Common Reader for NEHS is a challenge the Advisory Council tackles each year. Identifying one text, fiction or non-fiction, that will generate outstanding writing as well as serve as a text for chapters, schools, and communities to embrace is difficult. We try to select books that will expand the reading experiences of our members, stimulate great conversations, and extend English literature curricula offerings. Recommendations from NEHS chapter members and advisors would be very welcome; please send suggestions to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin as soon as possible.

NEHS Merchandise

Graduation is just around the corner. Don't delay ordering graduation cords or medallions for senior NEHS members. Other merchandise is also available, including NEHS patches to be affixed to letter jackets, other school attire, and NEHS stickers to be placed on transcripts.

View: NEHS Merchandise