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Student Standouts: 3.9.22

anny rui of micds 

The creative expression that comes with writing is boundless. For MICDS senior Anny Rui, it is a way to explore her own experiences and how they connect to those around her. Her personal essay, “Reflecting on the Past with Tai-Tai,” was awarded the Gold Key in the 2022 Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens.

Have you always been interested in writing?
To be honest, not really. English is not my first language, so I sometimes feel unsure about my writing. After freshman year, I started to build confidence because I received good feedback from my teacher. I enjoy how powerful writing is. I can freely express my emotions and reflect upon life experiences. I also love seeing people enjoy my work. It brings me satisfaction and proves my skill.

How did it feel to be recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?
I was really surprised because I didn’t expect to receive anything from the contest. I had entered because of my English teacher. He read my work and thought it was good enough to submit. I didn’t imagine I would win the Gold Key. In the piece I submitted, I talk a lot about my great grandmother. It was nice to have my skill recognized, and the win also was like a gift for her.

Tell me about the piece you submitted.
It’s built around a conversation between myself and my great grandmother. She was born during the Second Sino-Japanese War in China, so it involved a lot of historical context. When I told her I was planning to visit Japan, she didn’t understand why I would want to go to that country. She has a lot of strong emotions, and I sometimes feel conflicted about what she says, so we’d argue. She told me a lot about what happened in my hometown during the war. I feel like I can’t change her opinion, and there’s not always an easy answer to people’s perspective on others.

Do you plan to pursue writing?
When I was applying for college, I didn’t really consider it as a major. However, this year, I chose to take creative writing for my English class. I really enjoy it and plan to continue writing as a hobby and way to relax.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like to listen to a lot of different music. I also love watching documentaries. It doesn’t matter the subject. They can be about art history, animals, the universe, whatever.

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