Senior, Alum Featured in National Anthology

'Best Teen Writing of 2018' Used As Educational Resource

Senior Maya Robles and Class of 2018 alum Gabe Sanchez, have each had their writing selected from among student work nationwide to be featured in the upcoming publication, The Best Teen Writing of 2018, published by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The anthology showcases stories, essays, poetry and more by awarded authors from the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and is used as an educational resource for student writers.

Robles’ dramatic script entitled “The Worst Kind of Goodbye,” was awarded a national Gold Medal in the competition last spring and Sanchez earned a national Silver Medal in the humor category for “Do Not Compare Me to a Summer’s Day.”

Both students and English faculty member Peter Elliott, were invited to attend the opening ceremony of an Art.Write.Now.DC exhibit to be held on September 14 in the lobby of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building in Washington, D.C., but all are unable to attend. The exhibit includes more than 80 works of art plus copies of The Best Teen Writing of 2018. The exhibit will continue through August 9, 2019.

Sanchez is a freshman at The University of Chicago. Robles is continuing her writing as a staff writer for Cooper’s student online publication, Dragon Tales, due out this month. She is also a staff member of the school’s Inkblots literary magazine and freelances for the school magazine.

Robles would like to pursue communications at the college level. "It's really special to have something I poured a lot of time, edits, and emotion into be recognized and put into a book alongside dozens of other people my age who did the same," she said.