A letter to Orwell is a winner

Student achiever

June 28, 2000

The student: Jessica Nauright, 15

School: Centennial High School

Special achievement: Won first place in a writing contest called 2000 Letters About Literature sponsored by the Maryland Center for the Book. Her entry was a letter to George Orwell about his work "Down and Out in Paris and London."

What she says about it: "When I got the envelope that said I had won, I was so excited because I had not heard from them [contest sponsors] in such a long time I thought that I had not won. The awards ceremony was held at the State House in Annapolis where I received my prize and was honored."

Plans: "I am going to Russia in the summer for six weeks to study the language. In the fall, I will not be returning to Centennial for my final two years, but will be attending Simon's Rock College of Bard College. I am very excited about everything that is coming up in my life."

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