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Welcome New Chapters

American Senior High School
Chapter: New American Revolution
Hialeah, FL

Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School
Chapter: Bishop O'Connell
Arlington, VA

East Meadow High School
Chapter: Franklin Cacciutto
Lancaster, OH

Henry M. Gunn High School
Chapter: Gunn National English Honor Society
Palo Alto, CA

John F. Kennedy High School
Chapter: John F. Kennedy High School
Bellmore, NY

Lake Brantley High School
Chapter: Lambda Beta
Alatamonte Springs, FL

Lewis Cass Jr/Sr High School
Chapter: Lewis Cass National English Honor Society
Walton, IN

Nacogdoches High School
Chapter: Nacogdoches High School
Nacogdoches, TX

Nashua High School North
Chapter: Nashua High School North
Nashua, NH

Newington High School
Chapter: Newington High School National English Honor Society
Newington, CT

Tupelo High School
Chapter: Sigma Nu Gamma
Tupelo, MS

Warwick High School
Chapter: Quill Power
Lititz, PA

Wiregrass Ranch High School
Chapter: Wiregrass Ranch High School
Wesley Chapel, FL

In This Issue

  1. NEHS Scholarships Deadline January 12, 2015
  2. NEHS Database for Projects and Activities
  3. NEHS Project Grants
  4. NEHS and Teen Ink
  5. NCTE Secondary Level Student Writing Awards for 2015
  6. NCTE Position Statement on Academic Freedom

2015—It seems just a short time ago we were all eagerly, and with some trepidation, anticipating the turn of the century and now we are starting the fifteenth year of the new millennium. This is a momentous year for NEHS as we celebrate our 10th anniversary; from our small, earliest steps, we have grown into a vast academic network now numbering approximately 715 chapters. Our sponsoring organization, Sigma Tau Delta, has 870 active chapters at the university level. When we include our community college partner, Sigma Kappa Delta, we collectively are one of the largest academic honor societies in existence. We are so proud of the impact our members, their sponsors, and their supporting schools have made in the lives of so many individuals. Thank you for all the dedication you have shown to NEHS and to your communities.

This issue of NEHSXpress focuses on the following—a scholarship deadline reminder, a project grant announcement for second semester, an invitation to use the searchable database for chapter activities, updates on our partnership with Teen Ink, an announcement about the NCTE Secondary Level Student Writing Awards for 2015, and an invitation to read a new position from NCTE on Intellectual Freedom. We hope you find this information useful; please send news about your chapter activities to NEHS Director, Dave Wendelin.

NEHS Scholarships Deadline January 12, 2015

Scholarship essays based on the Common Reader, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, are due by 11:59 p.m., CST, January 12, 2015. Scholarship awards now stand at $25,000.

NEHS Database for Projects and Activities

Each year NEHS chapters complete an annual report, sharing details of effective and successful NEHS projects. The compiled information about those projects and activities is in a searchable database. The Chapter Life: Noteworthy Activities database may be searched by activity, year, chapter, and state; it contains a wealth of amazing efforts done by the NEHS community around the world. As second semester unfolds, this resource may be invaluable to chapters as they look to develop service projects or plan activities to round out the school year.

NEHS Project Grants

Congratulations to the NEHS Golden Eagle Chapter of Seneca High School, Tabernacle, NJ, for being awarded a project grant of $200 for the coming semester. Seneca High has adopted the No Place for Hate campaign run by the Anti-Defamation League, "empowering people to challenge . . . all forms of bigotry." The chapter will hold a school-wide poetry contest, seeking pieces that express the values of the No Place for Hate effort. The award will allow the chapter to provide awards for the poets of the winning entries. We encourage other chapters to plan ahead now to the fall semester of 2015; the deadline for submission of applications for those first semester grants is May 13, 2015.

NEHS and Teen Ink

During January, all NEHS chapters will receive a complimentary copy of Teen Ink, the monthly publication devoted to the writing of teenagers. NEHS has developed a partnership with Teen Ink because we share a passion for students and their academic endeavors. At Teen Ink, all submitted pieces are reviewed by a member of the editorial staff and acknowledged to the writer. There is no charge for submission. We encourage our NEHS member schools to consider subscribing to the publication and to support student efforts to get published! Visit the Teen Ink website for more information.

NCTE Secondary Level Student Writing Awards for 2015

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Writing Awards sponsored by NCTE. Interested students and/or their Advisors should visit the 2015 Writing Awards page for more information.

NCTE Position Statement on Academic Freedom

NCTE has adopted a new position statement on academic freedom, "one of the most important educational issues of our time." Students in many parts of the country are taking a stand against efforts to limit their access to materials or learning that promote open inquiry, critical thinking, and an understanding of diverse perspectives. Read the full statement.