Vivien Huang, an eighth-grader at H.B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset, has been awarded a certificate of recognition in the National Council of Teachers of English annual Promising Young Writers program. The theme for this year was “The Best Thing I Ever Read Growing Up.”
Huang wrote a poem about the novel, The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin, which she had read as a fifth-grader in Walt Whitman Elementary School. Huang is one of only 39 students in the nation, and one of eight students in New York State, to be awarded a certificate of recognition.
All compositions were evaluated by national judges on content, purpose, tone, word choice, organization, development, style, and ability to move an audience.
Archer's Quest by Linda Sue Park, Becoming naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan, Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate, Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, Vive La Paris by Esme Raji Codell, The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John, Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear by Lemsey Namioka, and The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin.