Femiano, 17, honored as a writer

STUDENT ACHIEVER

May 29, 2002

The student: Elizabeth Femiano, 17

School: Howard High

Special achievement: A winner in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) achievement awards in writing for 2001. Students write a timed essay and submit an example of their best writing to the contest.

Her topic: Elizabeth wrote about organizing stress. "I wrote that when something comes along, you have to file it as a need or a want. You have to do the needs first." She also submitted a short story.

Other activities: She is co-editor in chief of her school newspaper, The Lion's Tale, and enjoys managing her peers. "I really like working with the other kids," she said. Her mentor, journalism teacher Colette Lawrence, encouraged her to enter the NCTE contest.

What are her plans? She has been accepted to Towson University and would like to be an English or journalism teacher.

How has working on the newspaper improved her writing? "In journalism, you can paint a picture or tell a story about something without putting yourself in it," she said, which has helped her essay-writing abilities.

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