Of the hundreds of submissions to the B’nai B’rith International Diverse Minds Writing Challenge, one student’s work at Milford High School stood out. Junior, Jennifer Rust, took fifth place in regional competition at a ceremony at the DelMarva Power Conference Center in Newark on Friday, June 3rd.
According to the B’nai B’rit’s website, “The Diverse Minds Writing Challenge is an education and awareness initiative created by B’nai B’rith International as one of its programs to promote tolerance and communicate a message of equality among all citizens…”
Accompanied by her Creative Writing teacher, Mrs. Carissa Meiklejohn, Jennifer was recognized as one of the top short fiction writers in her age group in the Delmarva Region. “Jennifer not only wrote the text of her children’s book, but she also illustrated it as well. It was a fantastic way to show off all of her artistic skills while writing a poignant story about tolerance and acceptance,” explained her creative writing teacher, Mrs. Meiklejohn.
Mrs. Meiklejohn is one of two teachers at Milford High School who teach creative writing. MHS’s other creative writing teacher, Mrs. Dehel, has decided to inspire her students to become writers by becoming one herself. In November both classes completed the National Novel Writing Month Challenge, with many students writing their own novels some of which were upwards of 50,000 words with Kasha Hartz winning a Silver Award for the scholastic writing competition. Mrs. Dehel is also currently in the process of publishing her first novel.\
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