Reigniting NEHS Chapters

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!

Reigniting NEHS Chapters


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


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.

Start a Chapter

Bergenfield NEHS Members

The Common Reader

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.


Common Readers


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
Berklee College of Music,  MA

Saxon Kennedy

The Sagemont School, FL

$1,000 Scholarship
Spelman College, GA

Samiyah Kelly

Allentown High School, NJ

$2,000 Scholarship
University of Notre Dame, IN

Adrian Noy

Christopher Columbus High School, FL

$4,000 Scholarship
University of California San Diego, CA

Chloe Anne Borja

West Covina High School, CA