Cherry wins recognition for her writing

Student achiever

January 23, 2002

The student: Kathryn Cherry, 17

School: Mount Hebron High School

Special achievement: Kathryn, a senior, was a winner in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2001 Achievement awards in writing - one of 16 students in Maryland who won NCTE writing awards. As a junior, she had to submit a piece of writing and take a one-hour essay test. Winners are recommended for college scholarships. She is a semifinalist in the 2002 National Achievement Scholarship Competition.

Her winning entries: For the timed essay, she responded to a question about heroes. She noted the contrast between historical and fictional heroes and those heroes who are "regular nice people who help you without getting any recognition." The other piece of writing she sent in was a coming-of-age story composed in her free time.

Other activities: She is president of Mount Hebron's French Club and active in community service through a student branch of the Rotary Club.

Her plans? Kathryn wants to attend Columbia University.

What is she working on now? She is researching and writing Italian- and Elizabethan-style sonnets for her "Intern Mentor" class, a part of Mount Hebron's Gifted and Talented program. Local poet Natalie Lobe is mentoring her on the independent project. "The teacher finds a mentor in the community to help [students] with an original project," which is presented to other students, Kathryn said.

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