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Welcome New Chapters

Cypress Creek Middle High School
Chapter: Great Coyote
Wesley Chapel, FL

Dr. John Horn High School
Chapter: Dr. John D. Horn High School
Mesquite, TX

Hightower High School
Chapter: Hightower National English Honor Society
Missouri City, TX

KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School
Chapter: James Baldwin
Memphis, TN

Lake Nona High School
Chapter: Lake Nona Letters and Prose
Orlando, FL

Rolling Meadows High School
Chapter: Rolling Meadows High School National English Honor Society
Rolling Meadows, IL

Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High
Chapter: Fireside Poets
Miami, FL

Saint Brendan High School
Chapter: Saint Brendan High School
Miami, FL

Stanhope Elmore High School
Chapter: Eloquent Equines
Millbrook, AL

Vista Ridge High School
Chapter: Lambda Rho
Cedar Park, TX

Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School
Chapter: Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School
Township of Washington, NJ

In This Issue

  1. Marjory Stoneman Douglas
  2. Outstanding Advisor Awards
  3. Summer Study Award for Junior Members
  4. NEHS Merchandise
  5. Chapter Project Grants
  6. Merit-based Scholarships

From the NEHS Director:

Dear NEHS Colleagues, Student Members, and Friends of the Society:

Much has transpired in the last few weeks to cause fear, frustration, anger, and pain. The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has riveted our attention, but what has become clear this time is that students are rallying for change. Regardless of our personal stance about school safety, the Second Amendment, and potential solutions, leadership for change is emerging from the young survivors. Their eloquent, passionate voices, echoed by many around the country, are a beacon of hope in these dark times.

As stories of heroism emerge, we are witnessing what we all know—educators are heroic, sometimes in the face of horrible violence, but more normally as they work quietly with learners, sharing their knowledge, love, and compassion. The NEHS Motto—"Gelast Sceal Mid Are"—"Duty Goes with Honor"—is a good reminder for us at this time. We are honored to work as educators; we take seriously our duty to serve and sacrifice; we teach our students hard work reaps reward; we know leadership brings change. As students and educators vigorously engage in civil discourse and perhaps civil disobedience in the coming months, it would not be a surprise to see NEHS members at the forefront, articulating, demanding, the need for action. We grieve for our colleagues and the students at M.S. Douglas High School. How are your chapters responding? What actions are your members willing to take to make a difference in society and, in that way, supporting those in Parkland? Let us know—we would be proud to highlight your efforts, demonstrating the impact of NEHS.

Dave Wendelin, NEHS Director

The staff members of NEHS and Sigma Tau Delta will be traveling to Cincinnati, OH, for the International Convention of Sigma Tau Delta in late March. There, the NEHS Advisory Council members in attendance will work to finalize scholarship awards, discuss Common Reader recommendations for 2018-2019, make recommendations for the budget development for next year, and share ideas for new initiatives that will be forthcoming as our organization grows. While in Cincinnati, NEHS leaders will give a grant of $2,500 to the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, supporting their efforts in the local community to improve literacy for all ages. Special March dates: Read Across America Day is March 2; World Storytelling Day is March 20; and World Poetry Day is March 21.

This issue of NEHSXpress focuses on the following—a bit of background on Marjory Stoneman Douglas; an invitation for nominations for Outstanding NEHS Advisor; a reminder for juniors to apply for a Summer Study Award; an update on the Merit-based scholarships; a call for Chapter Project Grant applications; 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.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Much has come to light in recent days about the life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas for whom the school in Parkland, FL, is named. A graduate of Wellesley College in 1912, Douglas became an activist in Florida, working on the women's suffrage movement and in 1947 published The Everglades: River of Grass, changing the perception of the Everglades as a significant environmental treasure. Her work has been compared to that of Rachel Carson. One can imagine how proud she would be of the students from her namesake high school advocating so brilliantly for change.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas NEHS chapter was chartered in 2005, one of the earliest for NEHS. The current Advisor is Donna Amelkin, who has led the EagLit Chapter since 2010.

Outstanding Advisor Awards

The John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award is presented annually to one 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. The recipient of the John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Award will receive a $500 check from NEHS and a plaque. Two additional awards of $250 may be awarded to recognize the contributions of other nominees. Nominations are due April 2, 2018.

View: Award Criteria and Nomination Process

Summer Study Award for Junior Members

It is not too early for current junior members of NEHS to begin planning to apply for a Summer Study Award. These $750 awards support students who have been accepted to and will be attending an academic study program taking place during summer of 2018. Interested students may apply for this award April 2-30 through AwardSpring.

View: Summer Study Stipend Award

NEHS Merchandise

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

Please note: We have a dwindling supply of NEHS patches; once the remaining patches are sold, this item will be discontinued.

NEHS Merchandise

Chapter Project Grants

We urge chapters to consider designing a project to make a community impact next fall. Project Grants for up to $200 to support local chapter activities meeting the NEHS mission are available each semester. We always have more money in the budget line for grants than is requested, so the odds your project will be approved are great! Applications for grants are due by May 7 to be utilized during the first semester of 2018-2019 school year.

Visit Chapter Project Grants for more information.

Merit-based Scholarships

The first round of evaluations for the Merit Scholarships has been completed; members of the NEHS Advisory Council are now reading the finalist applications. We wish to thank the following Advisors for scoring: Sarah Clayville, Carlisle High School, PA; Tom Fitzgerald, Smoky Hill High School, CO; Tamara DePrima, Oswego East High School, IL; Natalie Rebetsky, Lingamore High School, MD; LuAnn Underwood, Westfield High School, TX; Kayla Branstetter, Purdy High School, MO; Breanne Hicks, St. Mary's Hall, TX; Cassaundra Ball, Woodland High School, GA; Michelle Hilburn, Purdy High School, MO; Kate Murphy, Smoky Hill High School, CO; Randy Gingrich, Cambridge High School, GA; and Elizabeth Coletta, Suffern High School, NY.