Kara Armstrong, Solanco HS Senior Earns National Recognition for Writing

We are thrilled to announce that Kara Armstrong, Solanco High School senior, has earned national recognition for her writing! Kara was recently notified that she is a National Scholastics Writing Awards Gold Medal winner for her piece, “Nobody Dies in Disneyland.” This is a prestigious honor, and Kara will receive her award in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 9.

Kara says that the inspiration for the award-winning piece came from her brother and a conversation they had about a legend that “nobody dies in Disneyland.” The work was composed in the fall of 2021. It is considered flash fiction, a type of fiction that is very brief while still including a developed plot and characters. It is also Kara’s favorite type of writing to compose.

Kara has been an Independent Study creative writing student with Mrs. Prokay this year which has given her an opportunity to fine-tune completed works as well as those in progress. Mrs. Prokay states that “Kara is one of the most naturally gifted writers I have known. Her commitment to the writing process, desire to experiment with various genres and techniques, her response to feedback, and her ability to consistently produce work of such high quality is impressive. It is a privilege to read her work!” Kara plans to attend Susquehanna University and major in Creative Writing.

In the winter of 2022, Kara earned several regional Scholastics Writing Awards (listed below). “Nobody Dies in Disneyland” then moved on to national adjudication. Congratulations, Kara!

Work: Nobody Dies in Disneyland 
Category: Flash Fiction 
Award: Gold Key

Work: Carson Welk 
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy 
Award: Silver Key 

Work: Minnow Creek 
Category: Flash Fiction
Award: Silver Key 

Work: Rest in Peace, Esther Carmela 
Category: Short Story
Award: Silver Key 

Work: Souls of the Departed 
Category: Flash Fiction
Award: Silver Key 

Work: Anything for You
Category: Flash Fiction
Award: Honorable Mention 

Work: I am Next 
Category: Personal Essay
Award: Honorable Mention 

Work: I Don’t Need Your Help Carrying the Vacuum Cleaner
Category: Personal Essay
Award: Honorable Mention 

Work: Maggie and Nicko 
Category: Flash Fiction
Award: Honorable Mention 

Work: The Many Faces of Loss 
Category: Writing Portfolio
Award: Honorable Mention 

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