Black History Month

February is Black History Month; while many educators choose to infuse the whole year of teaching and learning with culturally rich activities and texts, NEHS chapters might consider participating in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) African American Read-In (AARI). Begun in 1990, the AARI “was established . . . by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.”

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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


Membership Increase


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 process of selecting a Common Reader for the NEHS network challenges the Advisory Council members each year. As announced, the 2019-2020 Common Reader will be A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza; the Advisory Council members gathered in St. Louis a few weeks ago spent considerable time reviewing numerous books and the data from the Common Reader survey distributed several months ago before making a decision. We also considered the results of the scholarship scores we had just used to determine the recipients of this year’s Merit scholarships. Applicants for the Merit Scholarships are to select this text as the basis of their application submissions, which will be due January 21, 2020.

Common Readers


Annually, NEHS offers $65,000 in 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.

$2,250 Scholarship
Journalism, Northwestern Univeristy

Maia Spoto

Langley High School, VA

$3,000 Scholarship
Polical Science & Economics, Texas Christian University

Dawson Holder

Grapevine Faith Christian School, TX

$2,000 Scholarship
English & History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fernando Perez

Hickory High School, NC

$5,000 Scholarship
Biology Pre-Pharmacy, Washington College

Regina Del Pilar

The Catholic School of Baltimore, MD