The Tappan Zee High School English Honor Society was founded in 2003 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature at Tappan Zee High School. The society seeks to promote interest in literature and the English language, provide cultural stimulation in the form of lectures, debates, and performances, and serve society by fostering literacy.
Members of the English Honor Society are juniors and seniors who have exhibited high standards of excellence in their freshmen and sophomore English classes, published a piece of writing on the school, state, or national level, and received the recommendation of at least one English teacher.
English Honor Society Membership Requirements(Please note, these have been abridged for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see the application for changes)
English Honor Society Annual Events
- Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival (every other year)
- Induction Ceremony, Tappan Zee High School Library
- Young Authors Conference, Westchester Community College
- National Poetry Month
- Hepcat, Acoustic Music and Poetry Coffeehouse
English Honor Society Service
Students must complete a total of six points of service to the field of English Language Arts to be considered eligible for EHS. Following acceptance, students must complete an additional 20 points of service per year to remain in active standing. Failure to complete service requirements will result in dismissal from the EHS.
I. Grade Level Requirements
Students may apply in spring of their sophomore or junior years only.
II. Academic Requirements:
Students seeking membership in the EHS must maintain a cumulative average of:
92 in Regents English
86 in Honors English
III. Publishing Requirements:
Students seeking membership in the EHS must have completed a minimum of one of the following during their high school career:
- Published an article in Tapress
- Published an essay, story, or poem in Tones
- Published any written piece in an accredited publication outside of TZHS (See appendix for list of acceptable publications) Please note: self-publishing on the web does not meet the requirements)
- Won recognition in an accredited writing contest (See appendix for lists of acceptable contests)
IV. Service Points
Students must complete a total of six points of service to the field of English Language Arts to be considered eligible for EHS. Service hours may be completed in any combination of the following:
- Tutoring for English, writing skills, SAT verbal in the Learning Center [Signature of Learning Center Staff member required]
- Aiding English teachers in any tasks or projects as they see fit [Signature of cooperating English Teacher required]
- Supporting TZHS Library Staff in any tasks or projects as they see fit [Signature of Library Staff member required]
- Participation in set-up, clean-up, or other stage management for Hepcat or any other EHS sponsored event [Signature of Ms. McMane or EHS officer required]
V. Conduct Requirement
Students applying for admission to the EHS must exemplify honorable conduct both inside and outside of the classroom as determined by the faculty members of the English Department. Failure to demonstrate honorable behavior may prohibit admission to the EHS or cause a member’s dismissal.
VI. English Department Sponsor
Every applicant must have the endorsement of an English teacher to approve his/her candidacy.