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Musings Meme: Current Reads #7

Posted on: June 10, 2013

MusingMondaysWhat are you reading right now?
What do you think of it?
Why did you chose it?

Athletes. Academics. Activists. The top students in these groups receive awards and attention. Notice I didn’t include writers. A lesser known fact is that in 1923, Scholastic founded a national award program to “celebrate the accomplishments of creative students and extend to them the same opportunities for recognition as their classmates”. In addition, The Alliance of Young Artists and Writer create an annual student-edited anthology of teenage writings from across country. Fifteen-thousand free copies of these Best Of Teen Writings are distributed each year to students, teachers, families, and educational organizations throughout the United States. One year as part of a university course, I received a free copy of the 2008-2011 editions. For the rest of this month, these will be my priority reads.

Today at noon after my husband and I took our pets outside, I started to read the 2008 edition. According to the About page, more than one hundred thousand artwork and manuscripts were submitted. Of those, thirty thousand students were recognized on the local level, over one thousand received awards, almost four hundred garnered national attention, and about forty were published in the anthology that I now hold in my hand.  Incidentally, this paperback anthology comes in a 5×8 size and runs about two hundred pages of small print. What are the best writings? Were their ones I disliked? I don’t know yet, but will know by Saturday when I post a review!

At the moment, all I can tell you is that I love the idea of honoring the accomplishments of young people who pursue creative endeavors. I also love hearing that over one hundred thousand students participated. That number reassures me that a large number of readers and writers still exist. At a technology class I attended this morning, I heard the statistic that the average college student has read only five-thousand hours in his life compared to ten, twenty, thirty or more that they spent on television and computer games. That makes my brain spin and my stomach cave. Last, I can tell you that I can’t wait for evening reading time. Stories, plays, articles, and poems from the next generation beckon!

To find out more about the awards, view galleries of award-winning teen art and writing, and entries, click on the link: Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards

What is your current read?

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