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Moscow, Idaho High School Student Wins National Writing Award

Jieyan Wang
Moscow high school student Jieyan Wang is one of sixteen students to win gold from the the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2020.

For nearly 100 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has been recognizing the creative work of high school students across America. Only sixteen students are chosen in the entire country, and this year, Moscow, Idaho's own Jieyan Wang won gold, and a $10,000 college scholarship. 

Jieyan joins Idaho Matters remotely to talk about her journey to become a writer, and how it feels to be recognized for her work so young. Below is an excerpt from her winning portfolio: 

Potted Plants The first wrinkle on my forehead came when I was out of breath from my first decade of adulthood and decided to settle in my apartment. There, water drizzled through the cracks in the walls. My husband, unlike the first one, approved of the flowers that I had set up around the space to catch the moisture. As I observed the poppy in the corner, I wondered if there was a possibility that fractures would become so large that the rain could drown us. For some reason, even though we lived on the bottom floor, our carpet was the driest. I could only guess that the raindrops were afraid of the dark too, and by the time they had trickled to the ground, they froze. I sometimes woke up in the middle of night, trying to remember a dream that I never had. - Jieyan Wang

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.

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