Upcoming Dates

October 6
Intellectual Freedom Challenge submissions open

November 3
Scholarship Essay Prompts posted

November 17
Intellectual Freedom Challenge essays due

Welcome New Chapters

Cedar Park High School
Chapter: Sigma Nu Gamma
Cedar Park, TX

Central High School, Keller
Chapter: Central High School Bard Corps
Keller, TX

Christophter Columbus High School
Chapter: Fred Panzer
Miami, FL

Claudia Taylor Johnson High School
Chapter: Claudia Taylor Johnson High School
San Antonio, TX

Doral Academy Preparatory High School
Chapter: Order of the Firebirds
Doral, FL

Exeter West Greenwich Senior High School
Chapter: EWG Scarlet Knight's
West Greenwich, RI

Fordson High School
Chapter: NOVELties
Dearborn, MI

George Walton Comprehensive
High School

Chapter: Walton High School
Marietta, GA

Harris County High School
Chapter: Tigris
Hamilton, GA

Heritage High School
Chapter: Heritage Pride
Leesburg, VA

James Caldwell High School
Chapter: James Caldwell High School
West Caldwell, NJ

Joplin High School
Chapter: Langston Hughes
Joplin, MO

LBA Academy
Chapter: Culture Shock
Hialeah, FL

Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School
Chapter: Diann Frucci
Montgomery, AL

Lower Cape May Regional High School
Chapter: LCMR English Honor Society
Cape May, NJ

Mount Vernon High School
Chapter: Mount Vernon NEHS
Alexandria, VA

Notre Dame Preparatory School
Chapter: OnomatoPoetics
Towson, MD

Queens Metropolitan High School
Chapter: Queens Metropolitan High School
Forest Hills, NY

Saint Dominic High Shcool
Chapter: Veritas
Oyster Bay, NY

Singapore American School
Chapter: Singapore American School
Singapore, China

The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy
Chapter: Sister Prisca Pfeffer
Lousiville, KY

Tigard High School
Chapter: Tigard High School
Tigard, OR

West Greene High School
Chapter: West Greene High School

West Potomac High School
Chapter: Paul Russell Society
Alexandria, VA

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In This Issue

  1. Welcome to a new Advisory Council Member
  2. NEHS Scholarships and the Common Reader
  3. NEHS Intellectual Freedom Challenge and Crafton Awards
  4. NEHS Annual Chapter Reports
  5. NEHSXpress for Members

The beginning of September is already here and with it the start of school! Many of you have already begun the new academic year, and others will begin this week. The staff members for National English Honor Society and Sigma Tau Delta send best wishes to you and your students as school begins. We have had a busy summer, enrolling new chapters and members, updating websites, responding to correspondence, and planning new initiatives. NEHS now approaches the 700 chapter mark; more importantly, many more students are finding a community of like-minded individuals passionate about English studies.

This issue of NEHSXpress includes information on the following topics—welcome to a new Advisory Council member, the Common Reader and Scholarships for 2014-2015, the Intellectual Freedom Challenge competition, highlights from the annual survey, and NEHSXpress for members . Please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

Welcome to a new Advisory Council Member

Please welcome Ms. Barbara Krollage, West Islip High School, West Islip, NY, who has joined the Advisory Council (AC). Long an active Advisor in her school, Barbara is excited about expanding her efforts to support NEHS in the Eastern Region. She joins John Manear from Seton-LaSalle High School in Pittsburgh in this leadership position; given the size of the region, we believe having an additional AC member available will help chapters in that area. Ms. Krollage's contact information may be found in the "About NEHS" section of the website if you wish to contact her.

NEHS Scholarships and the Common Reader

We will once again be offering up to $25,000 in scholarships for graduating, senior members of NEHS who wish to submit essays written on this year's Common Reader for 2014-2015, Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Students wishing to compete for those awards must read the Common Reader and submit an essay based on NEHS-provided prompts. The deadline for receipt of the essays will be January 12, 2015; prompts will be posted on November 3, 2014. Please plan accordingly. More information may be found on the scholarships page.

NEHS Intellectual Freedom Challenge and Crafton Awards

We will once again sponsor these awards for junior and sophomore members of NEHS. The Intellectual Freedom Challenge invites NEHS members to submit essays that provide written arguments about the use of controversial texts that have been or may be challenged due to theme or content. Participating students will receive book gift certificates and the best of the writing, evaluated by college professors and NEHS Advisory Council members, will garner for their authors monetary awards—the Crafton Awards—named for Dr. Robert Crafton from Slippery Rock University, who initiated the idea of this effort. Essays will be due Monday, November 17, 2014. More information may be found on the Intellectual Freedom Challenge page.

This program is held in conjunction with the American Library Association's annual celebration of Banned Books Week, scheduled this year for September 21-27, 2014

NEHS Annual Chapter Reports

Congratulations to the Post Ellipsis chapter of Huntington High School, Huntington, New York, the winner of the drawing for $100 for submitting the annual report on time. Over 430 chapters submitted reports this year, a huge increase over last year. Thank you! We do ask that all chapters file annual reports; while the survey is now closed for the preceding year, make plans now to keep track of all the important events being planned for the upcoming year and submit your report next spring. Throughout this year, we will share information from the reports both on our website and in the NEHS Museletter Blog so that all are able to benefit from reading about the amazing efforts being done by chapters throughout the organization. Go to the Noteworthy Activities page for a searchable database of activities and projects from previous years; this list will soon be updated with the information sent from chapters this past summer.

NEHSXpress for Members

To enhance communication and sharing of information between and among NEHS chapters and members, beginning this month, students with valid email addresses in NEHS Connect will receive NEHSXpress.

For students who don't have email address listed in their member record in NEHS Connect, we are also beginning a subscription for NEHSXpress through an alternative email service called GetResponse. Subscribers will receive NEHSXpress and other email announcements that reflect the on-going activities of NEHS. The email subscription is an independent list and will be used only for NEHS news communications. Email collected through GetResponse does not get added to the student's member records in NEHS Connect.

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