Annika Inampudi ’21 & Lily Sternlieb ’24 Win NCTE Writing Awards

Two NA students have won recognition from the National Council of Teachers of English for excellence in writing.

Annika Inampudi ’21 was awarded a Certificate of Superior Writing, the highest award available to eleventh grade students entered in the NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing Competition.

Lily Sternlieb ’24 was awarded a Certificate of Recognition, the highest award available to eighth grade students entered in the NCTE Promising Young Writers Program.

Both students competed in an internal selection process. Once they were chosen to represent NA in the NCTE contests, they worked with Flannery James, the Creative Writing Director, to revise and refine their entries, which consisted of “Themed Writing” and “Best Writing” sections. Annika’s Themed Writing had to respond to the prompt “Why do I write?” She submitted a short story, “Idol Talk,” as her Best Writing. Lily’s Themed Writing addressed “my relationship with nature” and her Best Writing featured an excerpt from her novel, The Essence of Being Mr. Porter.

After the revision process, their work was submitted to a panel of national judges, who evaluated and scored each piece of writing. Annika’s work was one of 137 out of 370 submissions to receive high honors, and Lily’s was one of 52 out of 131.

Read Annika’s essay, “Three Reasons Why I Write,” and Lily’s essay, “My Relationship with Nature,” on the next page!

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