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South’s Breanna Villareal Named Promising Young Writer

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Valley Stream South High School student Breanna Villareal has been recognized as a Promising Young Writer by the National Council of Teachers of English. She is among only 14 students in New York State to receive a Certificate of Recognition – the highest award that can be obtained. 

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. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad, and the Virgin Islands are eligible to nominate students. 

This year, schools nominated 157 students. Of that number, 77 received the Certificates of Recognition and 80 received Certificates of Participation. Each student submitted two pieces of writing. Two independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style. 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019