NCTE Promising Young Writers Finalists Announced

On November 14, 77 eighth graders began the writing for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers Program in response to the theme they were given.  Of those, 58 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 58 participants, 7 deserve recognition for their excellent work.  The following students deserve an honorable mention for their performance: Ryan Frank, Keerthi Girish, Aunomitra Mandal, Presley Norris, Nathaniel Parsons, Tessa Ternullo, and Tea VanGroesbeck.

Of the 58 participants, three finalists from JMS have been chosen.  Their papers, along with a sample of their best writing, will be sent 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.  This year’s JMS Promising Young Writers Finalists are Julia Descalzi, Grace Goslin, and Anderson Lee!  

Congratulations, Julia, Grace, and Anderson!


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