The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only international organization exclusively for secondary students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special recognition for past and current accomplishments. Currituck County High School installed the Knights chapter in October of 2019. Immediate benefits of affiliation include academic recognition, scholarship and award eligibility, and opportunities for networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts.
America's first honor society was founded in 1776, but high school students didn't have access to such organizations for another 150 years. Since then, high school honor societies have been developed in leadership, drama, journalism, French, Spanish, mathematics, the sciences, and in various other fields, but not in English. In 2005, the National English Honor Society launched and has been growing steadily since, becoming one of the largest academic societies for secondary schools.
"Gelast Sceal Mid Are"
The NEHS motto, "gelast sceal mid are," is Old English for: "duty goes with honor." The motto represents one of the earliest forms of our language—it affirms and celebrates an obligation to use one's gifts in service to others. Service to peers, school, and community is part and parcel of the NEHS mission—and, indeed, in the grammatical structure of the Old English phrase, "duty" actually precedes "honor."
The Knights Chapter accepts students into membership upon the recommendation of a CCHS English teacher. English teachers nominate outstanding students twice each year, near the conclusion of the fall and the spring semesters.
Candidates for membership will have completed at least one English course at CCHS; will have the recommendation of an English teacher, and will commit to regular attendance and participation in the activities of NEHS.
Students interested in membership should see Mr. Dearman, Mrs. Cohen, or Mrs. Person.