On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the National English Honor Society inducted its newest 32 members for the 2019 school year. The National English Honor Society is a membership for students in search of pursuing excellence and building a foundation for success through the core focus of service. These students are among those who are passionate about English, creative writing, publishing, and drama.
On average, the National English Honor Society receives anywhere from 15 to 25 applications each year and accepts between 10 and 20 new members, however this year was “exceptional and the interest was a lot higher,” according to english teacher and club sponsor Ms. Shannon Davis. About 50 applications were submitted and 32 new members were inducted which is double the amount of new members accepted in previous years.
After learning she was accepted into English NHS, new member, junior Maddie Hammond said, “I was extremely honored and excited that I would be able to build my character through my leadership and service within NEHS.”
Senior, Allie Ritter took interest in the honors society because of the involvement it has with the yearbook class.
“I joined because I thought it would be a good way to teach other students about yearbook and I am the editor in chief of yearbook this year,” said Ritter.
The application process is complex because there are many requirements students must meet in order to be eligible for the program. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.5 overall and in their English classes as well. Students also need a letter of recommendation from a teacher and a personal response explaining when and how they found their passion for English.
“We want to be as welcoming as possible while upholding the integrity of the national organization,” explained Mrs. Davis. “Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and provide service to the school community in a way that spreads interest in literacy, writing, performing, or publishing. Our meetings involve planning small service opportunities like tutoring, or sharing our passions by giving talks about performances we have seen.”
“This is a chance for students who enjoy literature and writing to engage with it in their free time,” said Ms. Lauren Fischetti. “It was a very special time because these are students who have worked hard in their classes, particularly English, and are being recognized for their abilities.”
Mrs. Davis encourages all junior and seniors that meet the academic requirements to apply for the National English Honor Society.
“It is a great opportunity to talk with and work with students who are in different English classes and to share a love of all things related to reading and writing,” she said. “ I think what makes NEHS so special is that it is unique to students who have a genuine love for English and publications. This is a chance for students who enjoy literature and writing to engage with it in their free time.”