Elena D. '18 Wins Scholarship from Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation
With the win, Elena has been selected to attend the New England Young Writers Conference.
The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation received over 630 story submissions for their annual 1000 word fiction writing contest. Out of these submissions, Elena D. '18 has been selected as a grand prize winner for her fiction piece "Gone Under".
One judge offered this comment about Elena's story:
"A girl and her mom reinventing her childhood memories. A sophisticated, nuanced story, both in writing and subject matter. The girl's sensitivity to her mother's needs, while also bringing up her own anger and indignation, is a wonderful line to navigate. Love the title as well."
Elena's piece will be published in the foundation's journal, Bluefire, and Elena has been invited to read her piece at the award celebration on Sunday, April 30, at Kepler's Bookstore in Menlo Park, CA.
Along with the grand prize win, Elena has been selected to attend the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College in May. This writing workshop brings together high school students from across the country for four days of writing seminars, readings, and connection with other young writers.
Thirteen students will attend an Ivy League or Stanford and 18 students will continue their education at California colleges and universities.
This is the second year in a row that Isabel has won her grade level contest.
"Winning was really amazing because it felt like all of my team's hard work paid off."
English 7 introduces students from a wide representation of elementary schools to Marlborough's expectations. Students write frequently, learning to express themselves, both formally and informally, in expository and creative assignments. Personal experience and literature are springboards for writing assignments, oral presentations, and seminar-like discussions. Readings often include The Book Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and an extended unit on poetry.