Every year, the National English Honor Society recognizes excellence in critical and analytical writing through its Scholarships competition.
This year, we are pleased to announce that thirty-one deserving high school students from around the world have been awarded scholarships by the NEHS Advisory Council as a result of the excellent analytical essays focused on the 2023 Common Reader, Qian Julie Wang’s Beautiful Country, they submitted to us earlier this year.
All winning submissions were of extremely high quality and each reflected the personality and interests of individual students. The evaluating team, made up of over fifty educators from around the world, were impressed with the depth of the analysis undertaken by applicant students, and the breadth of topics covered.
In addition to the NEHS Scholarships provided to students, for the first time in National English Honor Society history, the Society has been able to award three students with the prestigious William C. Johnson Scholarship, named for the founder of NEHS. These scholarships are each worth $5,000 and are given to the best essays received each year.
The winners of the 2023 NEHS Scholarship Competition are (in alphabetical order):
Diana Aboul-Hosn, Edgewood High School, CA
Vanessa Alaimo, Socastee High School, SC
Adaire Binder, Arizona School of the Arts, AZ
Jon Blackwelder, Lake Norman Charter School, NC
Catalina Collazos, Coral Reef Senior High School, FL
Amy Dang, West Covina High School, CA
Creighton Endsley, Belleville Township High School—East, IL
Miley Hamilton, Saint Mary’s Hall, TX
Kara Hazelton, Central York High School, PA
Riya Karnik, Monroe Township High School, NJ
Darshpreet Kaur, Union Grove High School, GA
Samantha Kimball, Amesbury High School, MA
Edyth Krook, Sunlake High School, FL
Kirtana Kunzweiler, Newtown High School, CT
Elizabeth Lynfatt, Coral Reef Senior High School, FL
Isabel Mathew, Blue Valley High School, KS
Camila Mould Parga, Randolph High School, NJ
Priyanka Ranganath, Monroe Township High School, NJ
Matthew Roberts, Hereford High School, MD
Ayati Sangwan, Stephen Decatur High School, MD
Lila Schlissel, Danbury High School, CT
Zaccari Starkman, Oswego East High School, IL
Mary Talylor, Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy, GA
Hannah Van Hise, Sarasota High School, FL
Sabina Vargas Ortiz, Instituto Blaise Pascale, Mexico
Samir Varma, Monroe Township High School, NJ
Kalyna Vickers, Langley High School, VA
Alexis Vivanco, Christopher Columbus High School, FL
Cindy Wang, Parkway Central High School, MO
Lianna Weaver, Trumbull High School, CT
Victoria Wilfong, Hereford High School, MD
Congratulations to all our winning students, and many thanks to all those who participated in the 2022-2023 NEHS Scholarships competition.
More information about the 2024 Common Reader and NEHS Scholarships for the 2023-2024 school year will be available shortly.