Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Junior Alexa Derman says if her writing can help people better understand the world, then she's done her job.
Between being selected for various writing camps including Young Playwrights, receiving a nomination for a Young Arts award, experiencing a week of exclusive master classes in Miami, being an editor for The Adroit Journal, Polyphony, WHS’s Folio and winning National awards for a number of her pieces, Alexa Derman, a junior at Westfield High School, divulges herself in words every single day. “I get really excited about words!” she exclaimed, pushing her quintessential writer-geek glasses farther up the bridge of her nose. “Why do I write? Because I have to! It’s like, ‘Do you like breathing?’ I mean, I think you’d be pretty unhappy if you weren’t!” Derman’s passion for the study and creation of literature began not after reading and being …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Alexa Derman's short story was awarded a Gold Key.
Monday, February 4
A Westfield High School student has joined the ranks of writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates in earning kudos in the 2012-2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Regional winners of the competition have been announced and those students who have earned a "Gold Key" for their work will see their work advance in the competition. Alexa Derman, a 10th-grade student at Westfield Senior High School was awarded a Gold Key for her short story titled, “Kindergarten.” Student submissions are judged by luminaries in the literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Notable past jurors include Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Judy Blume, Paula Poundstone, Lesley Stahl, Billy Collins and David Sedaris. Panelists look for works…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Derman will join 151 other finalists for a week of intense master classes in Miami.
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Wednesday, January 2
The following is a press release from National YoungArts Foundation: Alexa Derman of Westfield, New Jersey, a junior at Westfield High School, is a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Writing. Chosen from approximately 10,000 applications from students in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts, Alexa will participate in a life-changing experience provided by the National YoungArts Foundation. This year, during the 32nd annual YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida from January 6 to 12, 2013, Alexa will join 151 other Finalists in a week of intense master classes with internationally renowned artists such as Adrian Grenier (1994 Alumnus in Theater), Marisa Tomei, Bobby McFerrin, Andrew Rannells (1997 Alumnus in Theater…