Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Sylvia Nica

Sylvie ArchSylvia Nica is an exceptional writer. She has been published an incredible 10 times in our national anthologies with her unique poetry and essays. Sylvia attends Nagel Middle School in Ohio and has been selected as a Top Ten Winner two different times. Her first time as a Top Ten Winner was for her essay “Autumn Gold” that was published in our Fall 2013 book. Her most recent Top Ten essay is titled “Words Have Power” and was published in our Summer 2014 essay book.

We asked Sylvia what helped inspire “Words of Power” and she explained, “I was inspired to write this essay after reading a short story that deeply struck a chord within me. My mother and I had recently been discussing the power of words, and how they could affect the world around us. I knew words had been used in good and bad ways, a positive example being Martin Luther King Jr., and that they could dramatically change people around them. I thought that maybe if I brought this to people’s attention, they could harness the power of words themselves and use it to make this world a better place.”

In the future, Sylvia aspires to have a STEM-related career, such as in math or physics. Since her family travels a lot, her biggest goal is to one day visit all the Seven Wonders of the World. It would be Sylvia’s dream come true to become a best-selling author, something encouraged by the fact that she has previously been a Top Ten winner in our Fall 2013 essay contest.

To learn more about our national writing contests, visit www.poeticpower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Megan Wu

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Megan is currently a 5th grade student at Mount Prospect School in Basking Ridge, NJ. Her essay, My Summer Day, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2014 national essay contest for students in grades K-12.

Megan likes to write and loves to read. She creates poetry and essays to express her feelings. Megan’s winning essay was inspired by the beauty of nature and is a reflection of her appreciation of nature and exuberant attitude.

Megan enjoys playing the piano and flute and is one of the youngest flutists accepted into the Junior Wind Ensemble of the New Jersey Youth Symphony. Megan spends her spare time swimming, skating, painting and playing tennis. She wishes to write many more poems and essays.

To learn more about our national writing contests, visit www.poeticpower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Hope Bolinger

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Hope Bolinger is a YA fiction writer and playwright who has had her play “The Case of the Stolen Slipper” performed in 2010 at her old school. Her essay “Anymore” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2014 national essay contest while she was attending 11th grade at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Ohio.

Hope’s inspiration for the essay “Anymore” came from a tumult of experiences from second semester her Junior Year when she felt herself fading into the background of the school play Tarzan managing only to acquire stage manager status due to her unfortunate height of 5’10” towering over the others in the cast and being one place short of qualifying for states for her speech and debate team. However, she has learned from these experiences and has become so much stronger from them.

Her goal for the future is to become a published novelist and playwright and she hopes to have her novel Unmasked published soon as well as complete her play “Tumbling Down” so that she can start the editing process.

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To learn more about our national writing contests, visit www.poeticpower.com.

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