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.
Congratulations to Mia C. '18, Zoe W. '18 and Sophia D. '19 for winning the National Speech & Debate Association award.
Parents, please remember that the mistakes your daughters make are their gifts to themselves, and it will help each one to become a young woman who continues to grow in self compassion and self confidence.
Special congratulations to Sophia D. 19, Amy J. 19, Mia C. '18, and Lydia '20 on their outstanding performances and teamwork.
It is so important to make room for the pleasure and joy of solitude as well as the realization that we are not nor should we ever be perfect or perceive ourselves to be the center of the universe.