On December 6, 70 eighth graders began the writing for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers Program. Of those, 52 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. Its topic of truth and reconciliation asked our eighth graders to investigate a topic most adults struggle to understand. Of our 52 participants, eight deserve a pat on the back for doing a fine job. The following students deserve an honorable mention for their performance: Max Brokaw, Amos Chaney, Julia Chung, Rosemary Crist, Connor Frank, Ellie Kovalan, Melanie Rayl, and Elizabeth Roth,
This year's JMS Promising Young Writers Finalists are Rafe Silver, Ella Sperry, and Kaloyan Stefanov! 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.