February is Black History Month. In 1990, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English established “The African American Read-In” (AARI). NEHS, valuing the collaboration we have with NCTE, encourages all chapters to consider holding an AARI.
“The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors.” - 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
The Common Reader for 2017-2018 is On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry, published in 2011. The novel will engage NEHS seniors graduating in spring 2018 as the text for the competitive scholarship process. Students interested in vying for merit based scholarships must read the text and respond to a prompt provided by NEHS; the prompts will be available November 2017. Scholarship essays will be due by noon, CST, on Tuesday, January 17, 2018.
Annually, NEHS offers $49,000 in a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each for active NEHS members planning on enrolling full time in two-year and four-year colleges.
Preprofessional Studies major at Nortre Dame Univeristy
PORTA High School
Liberal Medical Education major at Brown University
Richard Montgomery High School
Journalism major at
Christopher Columbus High School
Political Science major at
Wake Forest University
Coral Gables Senior High School
Coral Gables, FL