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F-M juniors recognized nationally for writing excellence  

The National Council of Teachers of English recently recognized three Fayetteville-Manlius High School juniors for their excellence in writing.

From the left are Sarah Crovella, Cecilia Byer and Kathy Yang.

Cecilia Byer, Sarah Crovella and Kathy Yang each submitted work for the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement in Writing awards and have been recognized by NCTE with Certificates of Superior Writing.

The three F-M students are among 26 New York state students recognized by the NCTE with Certificates of Superior Writing. F-M teachers nominated juniors to participate in a timed “write off” that took place in the fall, and F-M English teacher Ben Clardy, the NCTE advisor, worked with the students after school and individually to produce the work. Each student submitted a themed piece in response to a specific writing prompt and a collection of their best writing, which included poetry, creative non-fiction and essays.

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. Two independent judges scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective and voice.