Both students earned near-perfect scores, placing them among the highest 200 ninth-graders in the country.
“I like writing fictional stories in the mystery and horror genre,” Lloret said. She attributes her love of reading and writing to her middle school English teacher, Elaine Feerick.
Reilly shared a similar interest in reading and writing fiction, indicating that Laura Connolly, her fifth grade teacher at Stratford who required “an essay or poem every week,” had a tremendous impact on her continued interest.
“We used this program to increase students’ attention to close reading and analysis of a work,” English teacher Catherine Oriani said.