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February 6, 2014

Local teen tops in national writing contest

As a 6-year-old child, Jenny Jung randomly scribbled words on walls, her skin and even on her sleeping father.

Now the high school junior from Andover has arranged those words to win first place in the 2013 Sierra Nevada College High School Writing Competition.

Jung took top honors in the contest’s nonfiction category for her story, “Reality on a Friday Night,” about a conversation she had with her Korean-born mother.

She won $500 for her first-place finish, plus eligibility for a $20,000 scholarship to Sierra Nevada, that state’s only four-year, private, liberal arts college.

Sierra Nevada College honors the best young writers in the country with its annual High School Writing Competition. The 12 winners earn a cash prize and an opportunity to visit the Incline Village campus where its master’s in creative writing program is based.

Jung was one of three winners who attended the recognition at Incline Village in early January. She met with faculty and published authors during the trip and had the chance to read from her winning work.

College faculty and Sierra Nevada Review editors sifted through more than 700 submissions of original, unpublished works by high school students to choose the winners of its third annual contest.

“The final decisions were incredibly difficult given the quality of work we received this year,” Laura Wetherington, faculty adviser for Sierra Nevada Review, said in a release.

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