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Kirkwood High School Students Recognized as Finalists in New York Times Writing Contest

In October 2020, the New York Times conducted their second annual personal narrative writing contest. The contest encouraged students to submit short, powerful stories about meaningful life experiences. Kirkwood High School AP Language and Composition students in Ms. Meyers and Mr. Rowland’s classes submitted essays. 

Over 9,000 entries from around the nation were submitted. Of those 9,000, three Kirkwood High School students finished in the top 1 percent and announced as finalists. They are: 

“First Flight” by Megan Glasgow

“X.” by Lainey Hogg

“Saudade” by Vivian Simpson 

According to the New Your Times article, the essays were judged on storytelling, moving messages, and artistic use of language.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/learning/our-2nd-annual-personal-narrative-writing-contest.html