English Honor Society


Courtesy of Dara Cohen

Allie Nichols, Layout/ Design Manager

English Honor Society is a club dedicated to “both service in the community, as well as celebrating aspects of written language,” according to Kyle Parker, the current club sponsor. The club is on hiatus right now, but Mr. Parker is hoping to restart the second semester. Typically, to join the club, seniors go through an application process in the Fall, and sophomores and juniors apply in the Spring. The club meets once a month to plan activities “from fundraisers, to book drives, to a literary magazine.” There is a lot of freedom to do what the members want because it is student run. Mr. Parker “let[s] students plan their passion projects.” 

Current president Shannon O’Kennedy shared her thoughts on the sociable club. She initially called it a fun and productive experience. She said the best part is that “It’s very rewarding to be able to participate in community service that helps others,” she continued, “especially alongside those who share a love of English.” If circumstances change, O’Kennedy aims to host a big book drive for the Ronald McDonald house in Orlando. In former years, most of the action begins in Spring because Fall is dedicated to planning and getting acquainted with the club. Unfortunately COVID prevented a lot of meetings from being carried out. 

Senior Treasurer Evie Mciever called the club “inclusive and involved” and looks forward to a new year. The club plans on taking new applications and having meetings soon. Mciever noted that her favorite memory is inductions. Secretary Dara Cohen concurred that it was a promising day. She stated, “I felt really special walking across the stage and signing the EHS book and getting a flower. It really made me like I was a part of something on campus.” Cohen hopes to participate in as many other community service activities as well as the annual book drive.

A little known fact from Mr. Parker: Chemistry teacher Jenna Nikles was also a part of the club during some of her years here at WSHS. She recalled that during her senior year, they revamped the literary magazine. Mr. Parker stepped in after veteran teacher Judy Peck retired. EHS was established by teachers Dr. Vickers, Dr. Warner, and alumni Andrew Lai in the early 2000s.