Published on April 19th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Scholars Magnet Excels at USC High School Writing Contest
Photo (L-R): Grace Justice, Jesni Sam, Madeline Hahn, and Mainaiya Myers
COLUMBIA, SC – Four seniors in the Scholars Academy for Business and Law Magnet program are finalists in the fourth annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest sponsored by the University of South Carolina Honors College. Madeline Hahn, Grace Justice, Mainaiya Myers, and Jesni Sam were selected amongst 72. In the first round of the contest, students had to write a 750-word essay was “How should we improve the State of South Carolina?” Submission could be in any genre or combination of genres (poem, essay, short story, etc.) and were judged based on originality of response and quality of writing. In the second round, invited students wrote an impromptu 40-minute essay and submitted it the same day. The University of South Carolina Press, in Writing South Carolina, will publish their original essay responses as s collection of promising young writers in South Carolina. Winners and scholarship recipients will be announced later this month.
Ridge View High School had the highest number of finalists in the state. The Scholars Academy for Business and Law Magnet Program offers a fou-year Honors and Advanced Placement curriculum with a focus on Humanities. Nicole Walker is the director of the magnet program.