February is Black History Month; for many educators, infusing 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 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.” Chapters are encouraged to complete the register their activities with NCTE.
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
NEHS will embark on a new path for the Merit Scholarship competition for the 2018-2019 school year by giving NEHS members a choice between two novels. These novels have some similarities but are set in different eras, one in Ohio in 1977, the other in China and Japan in 1937. One deals with a family tragedy, an event that exposes fault lines within the family; the other, set against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of China, carefully and beautifully unveils human kindness and weakness. Applicants for the Merit Scholarships are to select ONE of these two texts as the basis of their application submissions, which will be due January 14, 2019.
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.
Brain & Behavioral Sciences major at Purdue Univeristy
Oswego East High School, IL
English major at The University of Maryland
Catholic High School of Baltimore, MD
Computer Science major at
West Covina High School, CA
English major at
Stephen Decatur High School, MD