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Welcome New Chapters

Century High School
Chapter: Century National English Honor Society
Sykesville, MD

Chesapeake High School STEM Academy
Chapter: Literary Liasons
Baltimore, MD

Cuthbertson High School
Chapter: Cavalier
Waxhaw, NC

Lakeside High School
Chapter: Philosophers of Sophia
Evans, GA

Landstownm High School: Governor's STEM
Chapter: Landstown High School
Virginia Beach, VA

Lawrence County High School
Chapter: Literary Epignosis
Lawrenceburg, TN

Wallkill Valley Regional High School
Chapter: Randy Pausch
Hardyston, NJ

In This Issue

  1. NEHS Connect
  2. NEHS Annual Chapter Reports
  3. Common Reader Selected for 2015-2016
  4. NEHS Merchandise
  5. NEHS Scholarship Winners

May has arrived and with it the excitement and reality of transitions—the end of wonderful high school years for graduating seniors, the closure of a year and promotion to another grade level for younger students, and the responsibilities for educators, both academic and ceremonial, that will allow for closure of another successful learning journey jointly taken with students and colleagues.

We trust this has been a rewarding year for all NEHS members; our best wishes go with the seniors as they leave the high school chapter of their academic lives and begin to pursue their university, college, and career paths. If higher education is indeed in the future, we would encourage all NEHS members to seek membership in Sigma Tau Delta ( for 4 year colleges) or Sigma Kappa Delta (for 2 year colleges), our partner honor societies, at the appropriate time.

Among the tasks that mark the end for this academic year are the responsibilities of NEHS chapter officers and advisors to finalize the work of the Society before leaving for summer activities, including completing the Chapter Annual Report/Survey. This issue of the NEHSXpress includes: NEHS Chapter Annual Report/Survey, the Common Reader for 2015-2016, NEHS Connect reminders, scholarship winners, and the graduation merchandise timeline. Please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

NEHS Connect

If there will be changes to the Lead Advisor for the next school year, please make sure to amend the information in NEHS Connect so correspondence is sent to the correct individual. We continue to work to improve the system to make it efficient and useful for all chapters. If you have specific recommendations for how we might improve the membership/chapter management system, please contact us.

Keep in mind that the NEHS Constitution requires each chapter to pay chapter annual affiliation fees AND to induct at least one new member each year to remain active! Chapters in arrears must pay past fees before enrolling new members. Chapters that have not paid fees are considered inactive.

Other helpful hints for NEHS Connect: 1) For prompt and accurate recording, please send a copy of the invoice with the affiliation fee check; 2) By completing the payment portion of the transaction, the invoice should be suitable for most financial offices; 3) an invoice may be obtained through the "transaction history" section of NEHS Connect.

We have a unique email address for Advisors to pose any questions: nehsconnect@niu.edu should be used for that purpose.

NEHS Chapter Annual Reports

All NEHS Chapter Advisors are required to complete the Chapter Annual Report/Survey detailing activities conducted throughout the previous school year. We encourage chapters to make this a joint effort of the Advisor and the outgoing/incoming student officers. The report serves as a great way to review accomplishments as well as to begin planning for the following year.

THE SURVEY IS NOT ACCESSED VIA THE NEHS WEBSITE. The reports are done electronically via Survey Monkey. All advisors will receive a SEPARATE EMAIL by mid-May that will include a unique link to the Survey. As an incentive, all chapters completing the survey by June 15 will be entered into a drawing for $100. The final date for submission of the survey this year is July 1, 2015. Visit the Chapter Annual Report page for more information.

Common Reader Selected for 2015-2016

The Common Reader for the upcoming school year will be The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The historical novel details, in fictionalized form, the story of abolitionist Sarah Grimke and her slave, Handful, in nineteenth century Charleston, South Carolina.

The novel will serve as the basis of the NEHS scholarship process for the upcoming year; any senior student who plans to submit scholarship essays to compete for NEHS scholarships must read this text, as all prompts will be based on this reading. Scholarship essays will be due Monday, January 11, 2016.

NEHS Merchandise

All merchandise items, with the exception of T-shirts and sweatshirts, are now available through NEHS Connect and must be ordered using that system. Simply navigate to your chapter information page; there, you will find a menu tab to the Chapter Store where you will be able to order merchandise using a credit card or indicating a check will be sent. Please make sure to verify the mailing address for your school; because we now use UPS for shipping, PO box addresses must be changed to the street addresses. UPS will send the lead Chapter Advisor a tracking number via email.

Graduation is just around the corner. Please don't delay ordering graduation cords or medallions for your senior members as well as other items that would be appropriate for induction ceremonies.

Rush orders are not accepted. Allow up to 3 weeks for order processing and shipping.

View: NEHS Merchandise

NEHS Scholarship Winners

Twenty members of NEHS have been awarded scholarships this year; the essays each wrote on the Common Reader, Unwind by Neal Schusterman, were judged the best of those submitted. A total of $32,000 has been given to support these students as they begin their university studies.

The winners are: Katherine Miller, Bolton High School, LA; Julienna Law, The Woodlands College Park High School, TX; Marissa Poole, Damascus High School, MD; Kristen Ed, Porta High School, IL; Julia Koltas, Seton La Salle High School, PA; Karlie Hornberger, Notre Dame de la Bale Academy, WI; Samantha Martin, Westersfield High School, CT; Genevieve Clayton, Allentown High School, NJ; Matthew Muller, Porta High School, IL; Brianne Ed, Porta High School, IL; Julie Nguyen, Parkway Central High School, MO; Yvonne Ye, Shanghai American School, China; Catherine Denz, Hereford High School, MD; Melissa Beal, Central High School, TX; Casey Warter, James W. Robinson Secondary School, VA; Katerina Barrett, Middletown High School, MD; Michelle Foley, Allentown High School, NJ; Christina Wainwright, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, CA; Jacqueline Ihnat, Parkway Central High School, MO; Haley Wehner, Cactus Shadows High School, AZ.

View: Scholarship Winners