3 Centerville students receive national writing awards

Three Centerville students have been honored nationally for their academic achievements in writing.

Kevin Yin and Ben Thomas, both juniors at Centerville High School, were selected for a 2018 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Both students attend Andrew Yuker’s Advanced Placement (AP) Literature class.

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The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students to write and to recognize some of the best student writers in the nation.

Only students who are juniors may participate. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad, and the Virgin Islands are eligible to nominate students for the writing program.

This year, schools nominated 462 students for the award, and 227 received the honor. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, and two independent judges scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use, unique perspective and voice.

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Kayla Hughes, an eighth-grade student in Kim Crasto’s English Language Arts Class at Magsig Middle School, has been recognized as a Promising Young Writer by the NCTE.

The Promising Young Writers Program represents NCTE’s commitment to early and continuing work in the development of writing. The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students.

This year, schools nominated 129 students for the program. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, and two independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style.

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