EDISON, NJ -- Neil Shah of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, has been awarded a "Certificate of Superior Writing" by the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2019, only 15 students in New Jersey and 210 students in the U.S. received this prestigious recognition. Neil's name and the name of the school will be listed on the NCTE website.

Based on the size of W+H, we were eligible to submit the work of only one 11th grader. Neil won the W+H 11th grade writing contest, which was judged by the English Department, then worked diligently to prepare his personal narrative and his response to this year's contest question, "Why Do You Write?" His dedication to this project was really impressive! 

“We met each week for a month to brainstorm, develop his ideas and revise, and he produced outstanding work,” said Mrs. Deirdre Rubin, Upper School English teacher.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.