2024-2025 NEHS Common Readers & Scholarship Changes

For the first time in many years, the NEHS Advisory Council has selected two texts as the 2024-2025 Common Readers, Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun (2021) and Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017).

Applications for NEHS Scholarships to be awarded to seniors graduating in 2025 will begin earlier than normal. Each of the chosen Common Reader texts will have its own dedicated award cycle, allowing student members to write and submit up to two essays (optional) to the competition. Find out more about this significant change.



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
July 2022 - June 2023


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

The NEHS Advisory Council is happy to announce that the text chosen as the 2023-2024 Common Reader is Kayte Nunn’s The Botanist’s Daughter. This historical novel was originally suggested as a Common Reader contender by NEHS alum Maria Quiroz Abascal. Maria was enthralled by the text from the outset and "didn’t want the book to end, but at the same time needed to know where and how it concluded. It was a true adventure story!" This sentiment is echoed by many respondents to the NEHS Common Reader Survey who enjoyed that it combines a "Thrilling story, history, science . . . all three in one!"

Applicants for the NEHS Scholarships are to select this text as the basis of their application submissions, which will be due January 8, 2024.



The Bontanist's Daughter, by Kayte Nunn


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
University of California Los Angeles, CA
Major: English

Diana Aboul-Hosn

Edgewood High School, CA

$2,000 Scholarship
Mercer University, GA
Major: Public Health & Management

Mary Taylor

Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy, GA

$1,500 Scholarship
University of Florida, FL
Major: Journalism

Alexis Vivanco

Christopher Columbus High School, FL

$2,000 Scholarship
University of Chicago, IL
Major: Economics

Kalyna Vickers

Langley High School, VA