2023 NCTE Promising Young Writers Nominees

2023 NCTE Promising Young Writers Nominees


On November 9, 43 eighth graders began writing for the NCTE Promising Young Writers Program in response to the theme they were given.  Of those,  30 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 30 participants, 6 deserve recognition for their excellent work.  The following students deserve an honorable mention for their performance: 

Zarina Azzam, Rachel Boomhower, Jack Brokaw, Maria Burns, Harper Davies, and Caleb Estel.

Of the 30 participants, Sophia Fabyonic and Lucy Moon were chosen as the two finalists to represent JMS.  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, Sophia and Lucy! 


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