Seniors Emily Cunningham and Andrew Gorin have each won a 2004 Achievement in Writing Award. They were among the 689 winners chosen from 2,600 outstanding student-writers nationwide. The awards are sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and recognize excellent high school prose and poetry. A team of English teachers judge the entries, looking for effective and imaginative use of language to inform and move an audience. Judging is based on two compositions, a supervised impromptu writing exercise with topics designated by NCTE and a writing sample that the student considers to be his or her best work.