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.
"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.
This course builds upon the reading and writing skills from English 7. Students are asked to write with increasing precision and sophistication as they explore various literary genres and archetypes, familiarize themselves with poetic devices, and analyze modes of characterization. Major texts often include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, House on Mango Street, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, and Genesis. More intensive grammar and vocabulary exercises support the enhanced demands placed on students' reading and writing.
English I is first and foremost a writing course, designed to prepare students for the type of writing they will do in the Upper School and beyond. The texts in the first semester are organized around the theme of "Finding One's Voice." Students are introduced to traditional components of rhetoric in crafting written and oral arguments. The year is spent practicing vivid and insightful ways to use these skills in literary analysis. Major texts often include The Joy Luck Club, Twelve Angry Men, Persepolis, The Catcher in the Rye, Macbeth, and a variety of short stories and poems.