NEHS Motto: Gelast Sceal Mid Are (Duty Goes with Honor)
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 are part and parcel of the NEHS mission–and, indeed, in the grammatical structure of the Old English phrase, “duty” actually precedes “honor.”
Description: The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and endorsed by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Individual high schools are invited to petition for a local chapter, through which individuals may be inducted into Society membership. Immediate benefits of affiliation will be national recognition, scholarship eligibility, and opportunities for national networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts.