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Welcome New Chapters

Ascension Episcopal School
Chapter: Alpha Epsilon Sigma
Youngsville, LA

Broad Run High School
Chapter: Psi Epsilon Nu (PEN)
Asburn, VA

Coral Springs Christian Academy
Chapter: Coral Springs Christian Academy
Coral Springs, FL

Discovery Canyon High School
Chapter: Thunder
Colorado Springs, CO

Fair Lawn High School
Chapter: Fair Lawn High School National English Honor Society
Fair Lawn, NJ

Mountain View High School
Chapter: A Room with a View
Lawrenceville, GA

North Hunterdon High School
Chapter: North Hunterdon
Annandale, NJ

Riviera Preparatory School
Chapter: Just As You Like It: The Curious Case of an English Chapter
Miami, FL

Sachem High School East
Chapter: Sachem East NEHS
Farmingville, NY

South Forsyth English Honor Society
Chapter: South Forsyth English
Honors Society

Cumming, GA

Valley Central High School
Chapter: Valley Central National English Honor Society (VCNEHS)
Montgomery, NY

West Harrison High School
Chapter: Novellas
Gulfport, MS

In This Issue

  1. NEHS Scholarships and the Common Reader
  2. NEHSXpress for Members
  3. NEHS Intellectual Freedom Challenge and Crafton Awards
  4. NEHS Student Leadership Awards
  5. NEHS Project Grants
  6. Membership Lists in NEHS Connect

October—for most parts of the United States, a time of spectacular displays of color and a distinct turn to mellower weather. John Keats, in "Ode to Autumn," wrote: "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness / Close bosom-friend of the morning sun / Conspiring with him how to load and bless / With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run." We trust that you will find time to enjoy the season and all it brings to the activities of high schools—fall sporting events, homecoming celebrations, the ever-quickening pace of academic pursuits—and perhaps opportunities for your NEHS chapters to plan some community projects focusing on literacy. In the Central Office of National English Honor Society and Sigma Tau Delta, we are engaged in a variety of initiatives, some of them prompted by the recent Board of Directors' meeting held in Albuquerque, NM. Decisions at that meeting reflect the support NEHS has from its governing board, for which we are very grateful.

This issue of NEHSXpress includes information about the Common Reader and Scholarships for 2014-2015, the Intellectual Freedom Challenge competition, NEHSXpress for members, the new Student Leadership Awards, project grants, and membership list management. Please send comments, suggestions, and/or news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

NEHS Scholarships and the Common Reader

Once again we will 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 is January 12, 2015; prompts will be posted on November 3, 2014. Please plan accordingly. More information may be found on the scholarships page.

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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NEHS Intellectual Freedom Challenge and Crafton Awards

We will once again sponsor these awards for junior and sophomore members of NEHS. Beginning October 3, 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.

NEHS Student Leadership Awards

The Sigma Tau Delta Board of Directors has approved the creation of NEHS Student Leadership Awards. These awards will be for NEHS members who demonstrate exceptional leadership in their chapters, their schools, and communities; up to seven awards will be given each year, and each award will be worth up to $1,000. Winning students will be encouraged to bank the funds as scholarship money for future college/university studies.

Because these awards were just funded by the Board of Directors for 2015, we are in the process of crafting the specific details for these scholarships, but we wanted to announce them now so that Chapter Advisors may begin thinking about potential nominees. Information, including criteria, application forms, and deadlines, will be available on the NEHS website soon. The awards will be given in the spring of 2015.

NEHS Project Grants

Applications for a limited number of NEHS project grants for second semester of this school year may now be submitted. Grant funds are available for up to $200. Project Grants are designed to encourage local chapters to be innovative in developing projects that further the goals of the Society. Visit the Project Grants page for more information; applications may be submitted through December 2, 2014, for projects planned any time between January and May of 2015.

Membership Lists in NEHS Connect

Chapter Advisors are asked to manage the membership lists of their local chapter carefully. We are finding that some Advisors, prior to final selection decisions, are entering the names of all POTENTIAL students who may have applied or expressed interested in joining NEHS. Consequently, some chapter member lists include names of students who have not been inducted. Once a name is entered into NEHS Connect, only Central Office staff members are able to delete it from the list—a time-consuming process. Please enter only the names of those students that officially become members of NEHS.

As a reminder, Advisors are able to change the status of any member student from Active to Inactive if such a change becomes necessary due to a change in grade point average, non-adherence to chapter expectations, or for other reasons. Once resolution of the inactive status is achieved, Advisors may switch the status back to Active.