National English Honor Society 2014-2015 Officers Elected

“What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback. Don’t forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication.” – Unknown

Fortunately for the many students dreading lengthy research papers familiar to Carnegie, Good News has arrived. The critical element of feedback is the fundamental principle of the grade-saving, behind-the-scenes apparatus: National English Honor Society. Performing a series of Writing Labs throughout the year — the workshop students attend to improving skills and grades — the NEHS also looks forward to managing service projects, a professional online literary magazine, writing competitions, and continuing its partnership with the Theater department.

Former President Jessica Marino ’14, passed on reputable positions to the newly elected officers of this coming year: President Fatimah Ali ’15, Vice President Sarah Waites ’15, Secretary Jessica Jin ’16, and Treasurer Arielle Terk ’16. Ali looks forward to primarily managing a “smoothly-running tutoring service” to aid students in the “nuts and bolts of writing.” In addition, she will run prepare students for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, enrich the club with various aspects of literature including plays and movies, and larger fundraising projects. Other officers present their goals— Vice President Sarah Waites plans to coordinate with other English-related clubs Name that Book and The Courtyard, Secretary Jessica Jin aims to raise project grants and scholarship awards for members and run a full-fledged website, and Treasurer Arielle Terk proposes a series of bake sale fundraisers.

Inducted members include Claire Hardwick, Catherine Szuhay, Daisey Pena, Eli Winter, Emily Hwu, Thomas Nguyen, Gabrielle Engel, Kerrigan Quenemoen Lauren Nyquist, Lauren Szuhay, Mimi Waites, Stone Chen, Tirthana Khedkar, Sezin Kilic, Abby Eymontt, Aileen Qin, Annum Sadana, Arielle Terk, Beebs Hartzell, Christine Huang, Darien McElwee, Dorna Abdi, Fatimah Ali, Francesca Mattioli, Hailey Strader, Isaac Winter, Jacqueline O’Gary, Janeth Rodriguez, Jay Mondkar, Jessica Jin, Keelan Apthorpe, Lauren Robinson, Lily Eaker, Michael Talanker,Minela Siljoka, Natalie Sainz, Nato Sandweiss, Raquel Douglas, Sarah Waites, Shomik Sen, Stephanie Roe, Surender Kannah, Tre’Shunda James, Will Goddard, Zaakir Tameez, Chris Nkinthorn, Silvia Pera, and Sonia Margolin.

As President Fatimah Ali encourages all members and non-members to “open up to share ideas to broaden our scope,” please leave us a reply or Facebook us your plans or suggestions for the Honor Society’s upcoming year. 

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  • Jennifer

    I’m pretty sure that picture is of the National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, not the NEHS officers.

    • Jessica Jin

      Thank you for the correction, Jennifer! As a matter of fact, once I published it to Facebook, Jessica Marino gave me a heads up and I took the photo down, which worked a few hours ago but possibly you might not have refreshed the post.

    • Jessica Jin

      Unfortunately, according to Jessica we still are lacking a photo from last year’s officers and this year’s, which we hope to get soon.

  • Andrew G. Alt

    It sounds like congratulations are in order.

    I’d like to recommend a book that has greatly helped me in my writing. I like it better than any textbook, reference book, or “pocket guide”: How Not to Write by William Safire.

    Feel assured the link I provided is not an “affilate” link–I don’t get commission for any sales.

    (What would have been better than an em dash in the above sentence? Does anybody have a recommendation?)

    Here’s a description of the book from the Amazon page:

    How Not to Write is a wickedly witty book about grammar, usage, and style. William Safire, the author of the New York Times Magazine column “On Language,” homes in on the “essential misrules of grammar,” those mistakes that call attention to the major rules and regulations of writing. He tells you the correct way to write and then tells you when it is all right to break the rules. In this lighthearted guide, he chooses the most common and perplexing concerns of writers new and old. Each mini-chapter starts by stating a misrule like “Don’t use Capital letters without good REASON.” Safire then follows up with solid and entertaining advice on language, grammar, and life. He covers a vast territory from capitalization, split infinitives (it turns out you can split one if done meaningfully), run-on sentences, and semi-colons to contractions, the double negative, dangling participles, and even onomatopoeia. Originally published under the title Fumblerules.

    • Jessica Jin

      Sorry for the late reply! I finally finished my AP tests. It’s been an exhausting week. And that book sounds very interesting! Thanks for recommending it to me — I definitely will check it out. And I think the em dash was very appropriate (I use them all the time haha).

      • Andrew G. Alt

        You’re welcome–and thank you, chief. :)