Elk Grove High School’s Nicole Ward was recognized by a national organization for her writing.
The National Council of Teachers of English (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. Only students who are juniors may participate.
Ward received a Certificate of Superior Writing for her original writing, one of which was a piece in response to the NCTE writing prompt "Changing the Narrative"; the other was a selection of "Best Writing" either original or edited from something she had previously written. She was presented with a certificate by Elk Grove High School’s English and Fine Arts Division Head Wendy Relich.
More than 460 students were nominated by schools across the country. Of that number, 227 received Certificates of Superior Writing and 235 received Certificates of Nomination. Each student submitted two pieces of writing. Two independent judges scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective and voice.