Manor Middle School eighth-grader Ella Layton has earned a Scholastic Writing Award for a collection of poems she wrote over the past year.
Ella chose five poems – “Unsaid,” “Hesitation,” “Bind,” “Paradise” and “Mess” — to submit to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. She earned a Silver Key, the second-highest award, for the collection.
“Each poem represents a time of my childhood or a person who is or was in my life,” said Ella.
Kerri Miller, one of Ella’s teachers, said her poems and essays “are insightful and powerful.”
“Ella is an incredibly astute young writer who has a voice of conviction and maturity that is not often seen in a middle school student,” she said.