Chapter Spotlight

NEHS encourages chapters to participate in the Chapter Spotlight opportunity, sharing outstanding literacy projects being done at chapter level. Submitted projects can be in any one of the following categories: Chapter Innovation, Academic Focus or Community Engagement

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Chapter Spotlight


new NESH Members

NEHS is open to high school students and select faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability in such areas as literary analysis, media studies, composition, linguistic study, and creative writing, and who meet the requirements of membership.


NEHS Members Inducted


Active Chapters


Chartering a chapter of the National English Honor Society (NEHS) connects schools with a national network of English teachers and students who share a special interest in language, literature, and writing.

Each chapter plans and directs a program of activities in order to develop the community of people who are interested in English. Participation in chapter activities is one of the most valuable benefits of NEHS membership; the kinds of appropriate activities are limited only by the members' imaginations.

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Bergenfield NEHS Members

The Common Reader

After careful consideration of suggestions from chapters and a review of the survey sent to all Chapter Advisors concerning the Common Reader, the Advisory Council has selected Qian Julie Wang’s memoir, Beautiful Country, for the featured text and basis of scholarship applications for 2022-2023. The Kirkus Review states, “Engaging readers through all five senses and the heart, Wang’s debut memoir is a critical addition to the literature of immigration as well as the timeless category of childhood memoir.” Wang is a graduate of Yale Law School and now leads a firm “dedicated to advocating for education and civil rights.”

Applicants for the NEHS Scholarships are to select this text as the basis of their application submissions, which will be due January 9, 2023.


Common Readers


Annually, NEHS offers a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 for active NEHS members planning on enrolling full time in two-year and four-year colleges.

$5,000 Scholarship
Berklee College of Music,  MA

Saxon Kennedy

The Sagemont School, FL

$1,000 Scholarship
Spelman College, GA

Samiyah Kelly

Allentown High School, NJ

$2,000 Scholarship
University of Notre Dame, IN

Adrian Noy

Christopher Columbus High School, FL

$4,000 Scholarship
University of California San Diego, CA

Chloe Anne Borja

West Covina High School, CA

2021-2022 Writing Contest

Members of NEHS are invited to submit poems based on designated themes during the 2021-2022 school year. The NEHS Advisory Council and staff will select the best entries from each of the five submission periods; those will be published in social media and in the NEHS blog. In May, 2022, those best entries will be judged for “poems of the year”; winning poets will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card.


Writing Contest