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BC News

Oct. 7, 2011

BCHS student honored for outstanding writing

Christopher Shaw honored by NCTE

Bethlehem Central High School senior Christopher Shaw has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English for his outstanding writing ability.

The NCTE honors 520 high school seniors as outstanding writers in the 2011 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing. The recipients were chosen from 1,649 students nominated in their junior year by their teachers from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Canada, and American schools abroad.

The Achievement Awards in writing program was established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the nation.
Assessments of student writing are based on students' samples of their own best prose or verse and on impromptu themes that are written under supervision. A team of English teachers judge the writing, looking especially for writing that demonstrates effective and imaginative use of language to inform and move an audience.

Winning students and their schools receive certificates recognizing their accomplishment and the names of the students and their schools are posted on the NCTE website. Students also receive cards highlighting their achievement to include with their college applications.
A copy of the certificate and letter can be found here [PDF] and here [PDF].

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