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Four Mahwah High School Students Recognized In National Writing Competition

Photo from left to right: Principal, Mr. John P. Pascale, Jack Xiong, Allan Chan, Jonathan Zhang, Malcolm Cantor, and Director of Guidance, Mr. Dominick Gliatta.
Photo from left to right: Principal, Mr. John P. Pascale, Jack Xiong, Allan Chan, Jonathan Zhang, Malcolm Cantor, and Director of Guidance, Mr. Dominick Gliatta. Photo Credit: Denise Wright

MAHWAH, N.J. -- Four Mahwah Students were recognized for their stellar performance in the National WordWright Challenge recently.

Senior Jack Xiong was among the 97 highest-scoring twelfth graders, Junior Allan Chan was among the 120 highest-scoring eleventh graders, Sophomore Malcolm Cantor placed among the 118 highest-scoring tenth graders, and Freshman Jonathan Zhang was one of the 93 highest-scoring ninth graders in the entire country.

More than 63,000 high school students from 48 states entered the meet.

The premise behind the WordWright Challenge is that attentive reading and sensitivity to language are among the most important skills students acquire in school.

The texts for the first WordWright meet this year were a pair of poems by Richard Wilbur and Oliver Goldsmith for ninth and 10th graders and the second inaugural address of Abraham Lincoln, paired with an essay about Lincoln, for 11th and 12th graders.

The students will participate in two more meets over the coming months, and medals and certificates will be awarded in June to those who achieve and or improve the most in the course of the year.

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