Jonah, one of Mrs. Yollis' former students from the 2008-2009 year, has continued his journey as a writer! He was one of the original bloggers on this site. Here are some links to some posts Jonah wrote from our archive: My Visit to Washington, D.C. and What is Community Service? Boys in Action.
Under 18 Years Category
Jonah recently won first place in a community short story contest! According to the local paper:
In his winning entry, "Once upon a hundred," 12-year-old Jonah uses The Acorn Fiction in a Nutshell contest as the centerpiece of his story. Midway through his 100-word essay, the boy cleverly pens a quiz that leads to a very creative conclusion. “I just like writing and wanted to challenge myself. I never wrote anything that short before, so it’s something I wanted to try,” Jonah said, acknowledging that a good short story requires much more thought than he expected.
Here is his winning 100 word essay!
“Once upon a hundred”
My best friend and worst enemy, a blank paper, sits facing me and laughs at my confused expression. I am faced with the impossible task of writing an extremely short story when I have too much to tell. I’ve wasted 38 words for an introduction. What will entertain the reader in exactly 44 words? Scenarios.
You awake in a meadow. You hear thunderous hoof beats in the distance. You will turn to find . . . a buffalo stampede! You have 25 words to defeat them. Now 16.
You begin to play your enchanted flute. The bison vanish. Overcome by joy, you stop reading.
— Jonah, age 12
What do you think of Jonah's short story?
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