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McAleer Named NCTE Outstanding Writer
April 27th, 2015


St. Pius X Catholic High School junior Flannery McAleer has been chosen by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) as one of its outstanding writers in the 2015 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing program. McAleer was the only student from the state of Georgia recognized for the honor and the 40th St. Pius X student since 1969 to earn the honor.

St. Pius X English Department Chairperson Mike Scirocco said, “On behalf of the English Department, I congratulate Flannery. To be recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English as one of the best writers in the nation testifies to her intelligence, creativity, and extraordinary ability to communicate complex ideas with style and precision. This recognition of a St. Pius X student as being among the best writers in the nation is an ongoing tribute to the excellence achieved when talented students and outstanding teachers work together.”

In February, McAleer submitted two pieces of writing, which were read by national judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style. This year, 650 juniors were nominated. Of that number, 141 received Certificates for Superior Writing and 509 received Certificates of Nomination.

According to the NCTE Web site, 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 judges the entries.

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