Fukuchi a winner for her writing

Student achiever

April 10, 2002

The student: Aimee Fukuchi, 17

School: Mount Hebron High

Special achievement: A winner in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) achievement awards in writing, 2001. In her junior year, she took an essay test and submitted a previously written work of fiction. There were 16 winners in Maryland.

What was the topic of the essay? How high school students handle the academic, extracurricular and social challenges they face. She wrote that teens should find a balance among these demands. "You should also keep a perspective on things and not get overwhelmed," she said. "You should seek help from others. You can't always do it by yourself."

What does she like to read and write? Aimee likes science fiction and fantasy by such authors as Anne McCaffrey and Brian Jacques. Orson Scott Card's Ender series is a favorite. She also has written short fantasy stories. "Fantasy allows you to do whatever suits you; it's an escape," she said, both as reader and as writer.

Other activities: Aimee is a noncompetitive swimmer and a member of National Honor Society. Her involvement with the Mount Hebron music program and the school's marching band gives her an opportunity to play piano and percussion.

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