York County student from virtual charter school recognized for creative writing

Jasmine Moss, a sophomore at PA Virtual from Windsor Township, won a Silver Key for her short story in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

A Windsor Township student was honored as a 2018 winner in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Tenth-grader Jasmine Moss won the Silver Key award recognizing standout work for her creative writing piece “Failure to Form a Fairy,” a short story about teachers' ability to inspire their students. 

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She was inspired by her own teacher to submit her work to the competition, Jasmine stated in a news release, adding that she is eager to try new things.

The awards were founded in 1923, and students are judged based on originality, technical skill and personal voice or vision, according to the website.

The competition's Alliance for Young Artists and Writers partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations in communities across the country to receive submissions in 29 categories from students in grades 7-12.

Jasmine is a student at PA Virtual, a K-12 public cyber charter school based out of King of Prussia, Montgomery County, and she entered the regional competition run by the Philadelphia Writing Project at the University of Pennsylvania.

She praised her school's online setting for giving her the time to be creative.

“The flexibility in my schedule allows me to write whenever I have a moment of inspiration," she stated.

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Students enter regional competitions in their communities that are judged by affiliate partner organizations, and Gold Key winners advance to the national level.

The competitions receive approximately 300,000 submissions annually, and winners of all levels gain recognition for their college applications and resumes.

The awards website also has opportunities to apply for scholarships.

For more information on applying for the competition, visit artandwriting.org.