What a school year 2020-2021 was! NEHS is in awe of the amazing perseverance and dedication exhibited by Advisors and student members during what had to be the most challenging year of education we have ever endured. We are labeling the 2021-2022 school year “Reigniting NEHS Chapters,” confident of the resurgence of existing chapters and the stimulating energy of new chapters. The Advisory Council and Central Office staff are working hard this summer to design new initiatives and improve existing ones. We look forward to the start of the new academic year, renewing and reigniting together!
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 Advisory Council has selected The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri as the Common Reader for the 2022 scholarship competition. Lefteri’s stunning text of the journey of refugees from war-torn Syria to England won the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Lefteri herself worked in a refugee camp in Athens, seeing firsthand the trauma of travelers forced to flee their homeland. Time magazine reporter Naina Bajekal writes that “by creating characters with such rich, complex inner lives, Lefteri shows that in order to stretch compassion to millions of people, it helps to begin with one.” (Time, September 2, 2019).
Applicants for the NEHS Scholarships are to select this text as the basis of their application submissions, which will be due January 10, 2022.
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.
Berklee College of Music, MA
The Sagemont School, FL
Spelman College, GA
Allentown High School, NJ
University of Notre Dame, IN
Christopher Columbus High School, FL
University of California San Diego, CA
West Covina High School, CA