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Berkeley Center for the Arts creative writing student awarded gold key

Published Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lauren James - BCA

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Nearly 340,000 pieces of writing and art were submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing National competition this year. Of those, fewer than one percent were recognized with a gold medal – the competition’s highest award.

Berkeley Center for the Arts creative writing student Lauren James has one of those gold medals.

Lauren, a junior at BCA (on the campus of Goose Creek High), submitted a poem titled “To Be Purely Happy.” It’s a poem about her best friend.

“I write poetry to preserve things that I would hate to lose,” she said. “…I like to write about things that elicit strong emotions: people, memories. Specific moments that can be brought to life by words.”

Lauren will walk the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City over the summer at the Scholastic Art & Writing National Ceremony to receive her award.

She is the fifth BCA creative writing student to earn a National Gold Key and one of 10 BCA creative writing students recently awarded regional gold keys via the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.