Weaver Journalism and Media Academy’s Nardia Gayle wins two Honorable Mention awards from the Regional Awards for the Scholastic Art and Writing Foundation.
Spotlight on Excellence April 2013
Nardia Gayle wins two Honorable Mention awards from the Regional Awards for the Scholastic Art and Writing Foundation.
Story and photo by Shanice McKenzie, JMA Class of 2013.
Many of Nardia Gayle’s friends describe her as smart, kind, and an outstanding girl. So it was no surprise to them when she was recently awarded with two honors for her writing.
Gayle, 17, a junior at the Hartford Journalism and Media Academy, was given two Honorable Mentions in the Regional Awards for the Scholastic Art and Writing Foundation for a poem and memoir she submitted.
“It feels great knowing, that I accomplished something and being recognized,” Gayle said.
Gayle said she has a way of writing her poems based off of her emotions. And when she’s done writing out her thoughts she has at least one or two people read them. Her goal is to have the reader feel what she feels.
Her main subject when she writes poetry is “love and pain.” She plans on entering more writing competitions in the near future.
JMA teachers Kellie Wagner and Phil Allard encouraged Gayle to enter the competition, she said.
“Hartford has a fresh new voice,” Allard said. “Nardia Gayle writes from the heart. She writes without fear. It is all out there-unfiltered, free, visceral.”
Gayle also has another reason to celebrate after landing a job at the Hartford News in which is currently writing her first story. She also plans to go off to college and major in journalism and go even further to become a “novelist.”
Miss Gayle has a very bright future ahead of her. In her award-winning personal narrative memoir she wrote:
“Supposedly I am “weird to certain people because I like to do things my own way. The problem I have with friends is that they care too much about what others say or think of them. They should worry about who they are and what they want to do. I want to have fun so I would actually go in public and dance the night away.”
Many writers such as Miss Gayle are very introspective, meaning very quiet and thoughtful when they are in that state of mind that they write down everything about how they feel.