Congratulations Scholarship Winners (Part 1)

Please join us in congratulating the 2016-2017 National English Honor Society (NEHS) Scholarship Recipients. Read on to learn more about this year’s winners of the William C. Johnson Scholarship, the Director’s Scholarship, the Advisory Council Scholarships, and the NEHS Distinguished Scholarship.

Olivia FieldOlivia Field
William C. Johnson Scholarship Recipient ($5,000)
Coral Gables Senior High Chapter
Coral Gables Senior High School, Coral Gables, FL

Whether planning poetry slams as NEHS president of Coral Gables Senior High School, writing an article as Editor-in-Chief of the school news magazine, or just reading a good book, Olivia Field spent much of her high school career appreciating the English language. Although she was born and raised in Coral Gables, FL, Olivia has been fortunate to travel throughout Europe and Latin America with her family. Now, she is off to study political science at Wake Forest University, where her passion for government, along with writing, hopefully will prepare her for a career in journalism.

Madison KuehlMadison Kuehl
Director’s Scholarship Recipient ($3,500)
PORTA English Honor Society Chapter
PORTA High School, Petersburg, IL

Madison Kuehl is the daughter of lives in Petersburg, IL, where she attended PORTA High School.

She served as the President of PORTA’s National Honor Society chapter and was Secretary of her NEHS chapter. Through these societies, she participated in PORTA’s Closet, a service project that collects gently used clothing articles to provide to less fortunate individuals; helped to implement a junior high book club at her school; and served as chairperson for a Barnes and Noble bookfair.

This fall, she will be entering the Pre-Professional Program at the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, she hopes to enroll in Optometry School to obtain her doctor of optometry degree and eventually open her own practice. 

Madison PlunkertMadison Plunkert
Advisory Council Scholarship Recipient ($2,500)
Hereford High National English Honor Society Chapter
Hereford High School, Parkton, MD

Madison Plunkert graduated from Hereford High School in Parkton, MD, and lives in Baltimore County with her parents, younger brother and sister, two cats, and a handful of chickens. She enjoys playing her violin, birding, and perching on the lower branches of trees to read. Madison is interested in Spanish and all things STEM, and will pursue a major in Biological Sciences: Ecology and Evolution at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Keeley LogsdonKeeley Logsdon
Advisory Council Scholarship Recipient ($2,500)
PORTA English Honor Society Chapter
PORTA High School, Petersburg, IL

Keeley Logsdon attended PORTA High School in Petersburg, IL. She is grateful to the PORTA School District and their the supportive teachers for helping her to reach the place she is in now. In high school she was Captain of the Cheerleading team, President and Drum Major of the Band, NEHS President, and NHS Secretary, as well as being a member of Thespians, Key Club, and History Club. She received many honors, such as Illinois State Scholar, State History Fair Superior Division, Scholastic Writing Awards, and Letters About Literature State Champion. The contest for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is her second with NEHS, following her 2015-2016 Crafton Award for Intellectual Freedom writing. This fall, Keeley plans to major in Biology with a concentration in Genetics on the Pre-Medicine Track at Northwestern University where she will continue cheering.

Christopher R. VazquezChristopher R. Vazquez
Advisory Council Scholarship Recipient ($2,500)
Fred Panzer Chapter
Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL

Christopher R. Vazquez is a senior at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL. He was a member of the Mas Scholars Program, participated in several extracurricular activities, and was a Silver Knight Nominee for English and Literature. He was Historian of the Panzer Chapter of the National English Honor Society and Secretary of his school’s Key Club. In addition, Christopher was Executive Producer of the school’s national award-winning news network, CCNN Live. In this role, he won three Student Emmy Awards and various All-Florida and Best of the Best Awards from the Florida Scholastic Press Association. He also received multiple accolades from the Student Television Network, including First Place in Crazy Eight Broadcast News Magazine and Best Documentary Film. Christopher has been admitted to Northwestern University where he plans to major in Journalism.

Katherine ConklinKatherine Conklin
NEHS Distinguished Scholarship Recipient ($2,000)
PORTA English Honor Society Chapter
PORTA High School, Petersburg, IL

Katherine Conklin has attended school in the PORTA School District her whole life. She has participated in many different school organizations such as National Honor Society, Key Club, Teen Mentoring, Basketball, Class Officers, Band, Thespians, and, of course, National English Honor Society. In these organizations she has held many positions, including NEHS Vice President, as well as treasurer for Band, Thespians, and for leadership. Katherine has a passion for serving, so along with academic organizations she also participates in community organizations such as Operation Christmas Child. During summers she goes on mission trips around the country with her church, when she is not working as a bank teller. Katherine will attend Illinois College to major in Accounting. She also plans to continue her Spanish studies while participating in their Honors Program.

NEHS Merit and Honor Scholarship Winners for 2014-2015

Unwind by Neal ShustermanNEHS is pleased to recognize the winners of the NEHS Merit and Honor Scholarships for 2014-2015. The applicants submitted essays based on the Common Reader for the year, which was Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

NEHS Merit Scholarship ($1,500 each)

These scholarships are funded by the National English Honor Society and are awarded to students whose essays are excellent but that do not score in the upper range of writing.

mmullerMatthew Muller
Porta High School
Petersburg, IL

Matthew ranked seventh in his class and was involved in multiple organizations such as NHS, NEHS, and Key Club. Matthew was the president of his school’s chapter of NHS and served as class president. In addition to academics, Matthew participated in basketball for four years and was the team captain his junior and senior seasons earning Associated Press Honorable Mention All-State his senior year. Matthew has entered the University of Iowa, studying medicine. Throughout high school Matthew eagerly participated in multiple literary contests and writing has always been atop his academic interests.

jnguyenJulie Nguyen
Parkway Central High School
Chesterfield, MO

Julie Nguyen was a senior at Parkway Central High in Chesterfield, Missouri. She is attending the University of Missouri in Columbia. Julie plans on majoring in chemical engineering, but she is not about to let her writing skills wither from disuse! She knows they will come in handy when she has to write reports. Plus, whenever she is stressed out or extremely bored, she writes—sometimes about very mundane things like the weather. Julie plays the viola and has played in state and national orchestras. Of course, she also enjoyed her English classes.

b-edBrianne Ed
Porta High School
Petersburg, IL

Brianne Ed, the daughter of Mark and Georgia Ed, attended PORTA High School in Petersburg, Illinois. Throughout her high school career, she was involved in the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, Future Problem Solvers, Community Problem Solvers, and choir, in addition to being named a Student of the Month at her school and an Illinois State Scholar. She was the vice president of the PORTA chapter of the National English Honor Society, and within the chapter she participated in National Novel Writing Month, a Renaissance band, and multiple book fairs, among other activities. Additionally, Brianne was involved in various projects throughout her church. In her free time, she enjoys reading, Brianne attends Eastern Illinois University in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Although she has not currently decided upon a major, through college she hopes to gain knowledge that will allow her to obtain a job within her field of study.

yyeYvonne Ye
Shanghai American School – Puxi
Shanghai, China

Yvonne Ye is a 17-year-old writer, dancer, distance runner, and bookworm who currently resides in Shanghai, China, but considers herself California born and bred. She enjoys running down treadmills, floundering in swimming pools, injuring herself dancing, and getting hit by Frisbees a little more than is healthy. She considers writing, not as part of the category of “free time,” but rather subsumed into the larger category of “more important than homework.” This conclusion often results in midnight epiphanies and writing-hung-over days. Yvonne is attending Yale University; while not too sure what she’ll end up studying, she knows that no matter what, writing will definitely be involved.

NEHS Honor Scholarship ($1,000 each)

The NEHS Honor Scholarships are funded by the National English Honor Society and are awarded to students whose essays are well-crafted but not superior.

cdenzCatherine Denz
Hereford High School
Parkton, MD

After graduating from Hereford High School in Parkton, Maryland, Catherine is continuing her education at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing a degree in Accounting and International Studies with a minor in English. While in high school, she truly enjoyed her humanities classes, especially English and History. She was involved in the local chapters of Key Club and the Future Business Leaders of America, as well as Hereford’s athletic programs. Sports have played a large role in her high school career. As a three-season athlete, playing varsity soccer and running both indoor and outdoor track, sports have given Catherine the opportunity to push herself, mentally and physically, and to meet many incredible people. The determination and self-motivation she gained from athletics endeavors, as well as the strong writing background received at Hereford, will allow her to contribute greatly to the University of Maryland community and beyond.

cwarterCasey Warter
James W. Robinson Secondary School
Fairfax, VA

Casey has lived in Northern Virginia her entire life. In high school, she played volleyball, participated in many clubs and organizations, was an IB Diploma candidate, and was the president of the National English Honor Society for two years. Casey enjoys playing volleyball, fishing, cooking, camping, and hiking with her dogs. She works as a kennel assistant at a local animal clinic and looks forward to furthering her education as an honors student at Virginia Tech, majoring in animal and poultry sciences. In the future, Casey hopes to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Melissa Beal
Central High School, Keller
Keller, TX

Melissa Beal was a senior at Central High School. She played the French horn in the high school band, was an active volunteer, and participated in her NEHS chapter. She plans to major in Technical Writing and English with a concentration in creative writing. She aspires to become a novelist.

kbarrettKaterina Barrett
Middletown High School
Middletown, MD

A 2015 graduate of Middletown High School, Katherine is attending Hood College in Frederick, MD, majoring in elementary/special education. Eventually, she wants to continue her education and complete a Master’s program, enabling her to be a Media Specialist in an elementary school. While in high school, Katherine played on the soccer team, ran track, and was a member of FFA. She was inducted into the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society. One of Katherine’s passions in life is horses, having been riding and involved with horses since she was six. As winner of the 2009 AMHA National Team Morgan/Win a Horse Competition, Katherine received a horse, CBMF Phoenix. In addition to teaching, she would like to work with young children outside the classroom, teaching them how to ride and care for horses.


  • Prompts for the 2015-2016 NEHS Scholarships will be posted November 2.
  • NEHS Scholarship applications will be accepted between December 1, 2015, and January 11, 2016.
  • More information about NEHS Scholarships

Advisory Council and Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship Winners for 2014-2015

Unwind by Neal ShustermanNEHS is pleased to recognize the winners of the Advisory Council and Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships for 2014-2015. The applicants submitted essays based on the Common Reader for the year, which was Unwind by Neal Shusterman.




Advisory Council Scholarship ($2,500 each)

These scholarships are awarded by the NEHS Advisory Council to the students presenting the best essays that are judged to be in third and fourth place.

mpooleMarissa Poole
Damascus High School
Damascus, MD

Marissa Poole attended Damascus High School and was a part of her school’s Varsity Coed and Girl’s Volleyball teams, the Foreign Language Honors Society, and the National Honor Society. She was a Section Leader in her school’s symphonic orchestra and a co-founder of her school’s National English Honor Society chapter. She is attending Susquehanna University’s creative writing program and strives to work in the writing and publishing industry, and become an established novelist.

kedKristen Ed
Porta High School
Petersburg, IL

Kristen was on the high honor roll and challenged herself with many advanced and AP classes throughout high school. She served as the President of the PORTA High School chapter of NEHS. Other extracurricular activities included National Honor Society, Future Problem Solvers, Community Problem Solvers, Student Council, thespians, and choir. Some of Kristen’s greatest achievements include being named an Illinois State Scholar, successfully completing National Novel Writing month for five out of the past six years, and being selected to participate in the 2014 ILMEA All State Honors Chorus. In her free time, Kristen enjoys taking pictures, singing, and engaging in community theatre. She am also an active member of my church, singing in the choir. Kristen is attending Eastern Illinois University this fall, majoring in marketing.

Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship ($1,500 each)

The Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships are generously provided by our parent organization to recognized achievement in writing. The Sigma Tau Delta Board of Directors approves these four scholarship awards annually.

jkoltasJulia Koltas
Seton La Salle High School
Pittsburgh, PA

Biographical information not provided.


smartinSamantha Martin
Wethersfield High School
Wethersfield, CT

Samantha Martin was a recipient of a NEHS Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship. She was a senior at Wethersfield High School and is attending The University of Connecticut. Throughout high school, Samantha participated in soccer, cheerleading, and track and field, and was the captain of both the cheerleading and track and field teams this year. She enjoyed being involved throughout the school and community, participating in many community service projects as a part of NHS and NEHS. Samantha is excited to move onto college and experience everything the university has to offer! She plans on playing intermural sports and joining many clubs, taking opportunities for undergraduate research and studying abroad. Samantha is in the business school and, although entering as an undecided business major, she plans on incorporating international studies and relations into her major. Samantha enjoys math and English subjects as well, so plans to explore a variety of classes and further explore my unique academic interests!

khornbergerKarlie Hornberger
Notre Dame de la Baie Academy
Green Bay, WI

Karlie Hornberger graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in May. She attends Marquette University, studying Mechanical Engineering. Although many of her classes will be math and science focused as a result of her chosen major, she has always had a passion for English and plans to continue writing. Through her participation in the Honors Program at Marquette, she will have the opportunity to take many additional classes in writing and philosophy. She hopes to tie these various fields together in a humanitarian-based engineering career.

gclaytonGenevieve Clayton
Allentown High School
Allentown, NJ

Genevieve is attending the Villanova School of Business this fall. While she will major in finance, she has expressed a love of English and literature from a young age. She is always reading or writing in her spare time. Working to promote the importance of English and literature in her school, Genevieve was the Vice President of Allentown High School’s English Honor Society.

  • Prompts for the 2015-2016 NEHS Scholarships will be posted November 2.
  • NEHS Scholarship applications will be accepted between December 1, 2015, and January 11, 2016.
  • More information about NEHS Scholarships