NSMS student wins Scholastic national gold in writing

NSMS student wins Scholastic national gold in writing

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Leah Huntley, an 8th-grader at North Smithfield Middle School, has earned a National Gold Medal for writing in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She will be going to Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6 to accept her award.

More than 200,000 works of art and writing were submitted from across the country by students in grades 7-12, and of those, 1,800 students received a national award this year. Huntley was the only student from Rhode Island to win a National Gold Medal for a writing category.

Her award-winning entry, "Color," was submitted in the writing category Flash Fiction, which is defined by Scholastic as "an impactful piece of fiction less than 1,000 words."

"Color" is a short piece about the Holocaust.

Huntley, who aspires to be a published writer, said she is deeply grateful to her 7th-grade literature teacher Kerri Blais and her 8th-grade English teacher David Gauvin, for cultivating and supporting her creative writing and love of literature.