On November 10, fifty-one eighth graders began writing for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers Program in response to the theme they were given. Of those, thirty-four students put forth the necessary effort and time, completed the writing sample, and turned in a copy for evaluation. We are especially proud of them for their motivation and effort in seeing this opportunity to completion.
This year's prompt was both challenging and open-ended. Of our thirty-four participants, four deserve recognition for their excellent work. The following students deserve an honorable mention for their performance: Conner Baird, Molly Kuhlman, Gabrielle Prasad, and James Quisenberry.
Of the thirty-four participants, Julia Antunes, Allie Miller, and Pamela Yang were chosen as finalists. These students will spend from now until early February revising their papers which will then be sent in for evaluation in the state competition. This year’s finalists should be very proud of themselves. With a challenging prompt, they composed insightful, original pieces that showed authentic voice.
Congratulations Julia Antunes, Allie Miller, and Pamela Yang!