Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


St. Pius junior wins national writing honor

Published May 14, 2015

ATLANTA—St. Pius X High School junior Flannery McAleer has been chosen by the National Council of Teachers of English as one of its outstanding writers in the 2015 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing program. McAleer was the only student from the state of Georgia recognized for the honor and the 40th St. Pius X student since 1969 to earn the honor.

Flannery McAleer

Flannery McAleer

St. Pius X English Department Chairperson Mike Scirocco said, “To be recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English as one of the best writers in the nation testifies to her intelligence, creativity and extraordinary ability to communicate complex ideas with style and precision.”

McAleer submitted two pieces of writing, which were read by judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style. This year, 650 juniors were nominated. Of that number, 141 received Certificates for Superior Writing and 509 received Certificates of Nomination.