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BCA's Kendall Vorhis again recognized for writing

Published Friday, September 28, 2018

Kendall Vorhis

U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin once said a person should “write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

Kendall Vorhis, a senior at Berkeley Center for the Arts on the campus of Goose Creek High School, can check both off her list.

This summer, Kendall added more accolades to a trophy case already stocked with gold, silver and bronze, after being named a finalist for the National Student Poets Program and having one of her poems featured in The Best Teen Writing of 2018 anthology.

While Kendall was not one of the five poets selected to carry the torch for the National Student Poets Program, representatives say being named a finalist is a huge honor. More than 230,000 students submit their work to be considered, and Kendall was among a handful of students initially selected from the southeast region.

“Though she did not win outright, to be a finalist is an amazing accomplishment,” BCA creative writing teacher Nick Geary said.

The National Student Poets Program is "a collaboration of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and strives to inspire other young people to achieve excellence in their own creative endeavors and promote the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success."

This past spring, Kendall won two National Gold Medals from the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her poetry, which earned her a trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“Kendall is a great student. She goes above and beyond with everything,” Goose Creek High School assistant principal Brendan Glaze said. “Kendall pretty much lives in the classroom to refine her instruction.”