Anika Iqbal Wins 2019 NCTE Achievement Award in Writing

Baylor junior Anika Iqbal has been selected for a 2019 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

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

This year, schools nominated 416 students of which 210 received Certificates of Superior Writing and 206 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.

“To have a student achieve at the very highest level in this most competitive of contests is extraordinary,” said Baylor English instructor Heather Ott. “Anika’s excellence—as a writer, a student, a thinker, a citizen—brings honor and distinction to Baylor School, and we are so proud of her.”

Other recent Baylor winners include Rose Dallimore '18 and Sophie Wisenbaker '19.

For more information about the NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing, including past winners, click here.

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is the nation’s most comprehensive literacy organization, supporting more than 25,000 teachers across the preK–college spectrum. Through the expertise of its members, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911.

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