Sophomore Megan Smith loves to write, but had not planned to have her work published when she recently wrote a poem called The Space Between Hands. “I wrote the piece first, and then found out about the call for submissions on the topic of ‘hands’ in Cicada magazine.” Megan submitted her poem, and when she received notice that it had been accepted for publication, she felt “shock and disbelief, and immediately called my parents and grandparents to tell them.” Her poem is available to read in the January/February 2012 issue of Cicada, which is an award-winning literary magazine.
At Laurel Springs, Megan’s teachers have nothing but rave reviews for her work as a student. Her Chemistry teacher, Jayne Selwa, said that “Megan has been a delight to work with. She displays great enthusiasm for learning, and life in general. And Karen Lewers, Megan’s Math teacher, said that “Megan is very determined and focused. She takes the time to fully understand each topic.”
Megan appreciates both creative writing and the types of writing she does in her courses. “I love being able to analyze a concept, and really enjoy the structured, logical progression of academic writing. Being able to break things down and then synthesize ideas is something I enjoy about the writing I do for school. Creative writing is more fragmented and raw. I love the mysterious aspect of creative writing, when I have to present a concept that is otherwise difficult to express.”
In her free time, Megan enjoys theatre, and attends a Shakespeare camp in the summer. In fact, these experiences are part of what inspired her published poem. “During the camp, we focus on learning how to use our bodies to convey emotion. I thought about how hands have the ability to tell a stronger story than words and facial expressions. The poem came from my thoughts about how such a small body part can tell such a meaningful story.”
Megan Smith’s talents are not limited to writing and acting. In fact, she thinks she may want to major in economics and policy analysis when she attends college. Her history teacher, Mary Jane Gilbertson, said, “Frankly, she is teaching me so much about debate. Her history assignments could be used for textbooks. She loves politics, history and debate.”
Congratulations to Megan Smith on her first national publication. We know that she will continue to bring her focus, creativity and intelligence to her academic and extra-curricular passions.