Congratulations to Teresa Lu-Romeo and Emily Shang!


By Max Bennett (Patch Staff) – May 16, 2017 10:49 am


BALA CYNWYD, PA – Two Bala Cynwyd Middle Schoolers have a way with words apparently, as the pair were recently named Promising Young Writers by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). According to Lower Merion School District, Teresa Lu-Romeo and Emily Shang were each recognized as a Promising Young Writers after being judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.

Lu-Romeo and Shang earned the honor after a committee of teachers and administrators from Bala Cynwyd and Lower Merion School District invited 18 top writing students in the eighth grade to submit work for consideration, according to the district.

Out of those 18 students, 11 were selected to submit the two pieces of writing requested by NCTE and the work of three students was elevated to the level of the national competition, the district said.


Lu-Romeo’s writing has been lauded as “making readers think differently about things they think they already know” and Shang’s writing “inspires readers to reach for more,” the district said.

Bala Cynwyd student Catherine Roser was also selected to represent Bala Cynwyd Middle School.


The Promising Young Writers Program represents NCTE’s commitment to early and continuing work in the development of writing, the district said.


The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students.


Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, along with American schools abroad and the Virgin Islands, are eligible to nominate students for the writing program.


This year, 163 students were nominated by their schools. Of that number, 67 received the highest award, Certificates of Recognition, and 96 received Certificates of Participation. Two independent judges evaluated each submission for content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.


Congratulations Teresa Lu-Romeo and Emily Shang!


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