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Hestdalen Named “Promising Young Writer” in National Competition

Eighth-grader Taylor Hestdalen has been recognized as a 2024 Promising Young Writer by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The national competition drew entrees from 33 states, and Taylor’s submission earned a Superior rating as one of the top few selected from Washington State.

This year’s NCTE prompt was to think about moments of connection during their experience of the pandemic. Read Taylor’s submission titled, “Unbreakable Bonds.” Independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style. Congratulations, Taylor!