The NEHS motto, "gelast sceal mid are," is Old English meaning: "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."
The official colors of the society are royal blue and gold. The deep richness of royal blue represents creativity and inspiration, while the bright fullness of gold reflects excellence and nobility of spirit.
White carnations, marks of distinction and symbolic of pure truth, are the authorized flowers of NEHS.
The emblem of the Society is a royal blue globe surrounded by a four-sided, curved corner, gold figuration. The four sides of the shield symbolize the four major areas of the English language arts, literature, writing, language, and media studies; the sides do not meet sharply at right angles, but instead flow smoothly by means of the curved lines, one into another, suggesting the creative blending of multiple forms of literacy.
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