I am proud to announce that our very own Melba Junior Aundrea Dickard has won the Honorable Mention Award on two of her writing pieces in the “The Scholastic Art and Writing competition”. She had to have a professional mentor and apply for the competition. She was accepted and her work was chosen for Honorable Mention out of nearly 5,000 entries. She was competing with thousands of students from all over the State of Idaho.

Her pieces chosen where Fools of the Mind, which is a mystery ,murder, and suspense short story, and also My Paradise, which is a descriptive, flash fiction piece describing the wonders of the ocean.

Aundrea talked about her reasons for entering the competition. “The sole purpose of me doing it was to prove to myself that I can do it. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and my grandma said that even as a young child, I found more comfort writing or reading rather than doing things ‘normal’ little kids enjoy. Writing is something I am extremely passionate about, and I just wanted to see if my writing was any good or not.”

She also mentioned what inspired her to write. “When I was really young, probably elementary school, I remember being told that I was already a very descriptive and skilled writer, and that always stuck out in my mind. I’ve always been pretty average at everything, and to be complimented on something like that really just touched my heart.”

Aundrea wanted to thank her parents for teaching her to chase her passions and for their support over the years. She also thanked her English teachers for sparking her interest in the written word and teaching her the joys of writing.

As Aundrea’s English teacher and mentor for the competition, I am not surprised her work was noticed and recognized. I am excited to see her grow as a writer and I hope to see her work professionally published very soon. – Mrs. Natalie Welch

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