The Quill Competition at Atkins
The Quill is an on-demand writing competition sponsored by NCASA in the fall of the year. Each team has four students who each write to a different prompt, three of which are "AP"-style prompts: Argument, Problem Solution, and Literary Analysis. A fourth prompt is Creative Writing.
Coach Plaster actively recruits mainly AP students for the first three prompts, although sometimes there is a JV level of the competition. A school-wide tryout is held for the Creative Writing spot, and students can try out by submitting a writing portfolio.
Atkins has had several individual champions through the years, and has even won the state contest.