So I was a lurker in the previous 2018-2019 thread. Well, I actually found the thread a few weeks after national results were released. I binge read through the entire thread in an afternoon and I honestly felt awe how everyone went through the competition process together. I wish I found the thread when it started and could have shared that experience with everyone. I've always felt lonely in a way each year I participated with no one to share the thrill with.
So why am I starting the 2019-2020 thread? Well, I'm actually a senior so I can't compete in Scholastic anymore. But I wanted to kick it off for the rest of you with some encouragement. I made a CC account just for this.
I've been submitting to Scholastic since I was in 7th grade. Every year I didn't get the results I wanted, never placing nationals. I've had a real love-hate relationship with Scholastic haha. I always "almost won," making me coin the term "silver poisoning," the nightmarish illusion of stagnation. My first Gold Key in writing was in junior year sheesh (didn't make nationals).
To cut to the chase, I'm one of the Gold Medal Writing Portfolio winners for 2019. This is my first and only national award from Scholastic in my 6 years submitting. My username is the name of my portfolio (you can read it when it goes online in Scholastic's galleries, I like to hear random people's thoughts actually). I want to be a reminder to everyone not to give up, not to compare yourself, and that Scholastic is such a crapshoot.
, I want to encourage you in particular. I don't know why, but I became so invested with your progression in the previous Scholastic threads. Don't give up, okay? I'm personally rooting for you
As a veteran, if anyone wants any advice or help with their submissions for 2020, I'll be here (at least, trying my best to lol). Good luck to everyone, I'll be watching over y'all.
Oh, and I'll be in NYC this June (because duh) so say hi for those who are going.