Highland Middle School writer receives Golden Key award | Radio KCII


A young author from the Highland School District has been recognized for her writing work. Eighth-grader Gretta Piette has been named the Golden Key Midwest Region winner at the 2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the University of Iowa’s Belin Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. She spoke with KCII about her inspiration for the new winner titled “Silent Dancers” and discussed the plot. “Anything related to science fiction or fantasy. I love Harry Potter. The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, fantasy. My story takes place in the early 1900s in London. It takes place in a ballet school and the main character is a girl named Florence, who worked very hard to get into this school and is very passionate about dancing. Strange things are happening. Some dancers disappear and new dancers arrive and they seem a bit strange in Florence. I describe it more suspense than horror. But it certainly has a little weirdness. We had just read Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death. So it mostly came from that. I love writing moments of suspense, like moments of panic, like I don’t know what’s going on. I love writing these parts!

The Golden Key is the highest honor given to pieces that exemplify values ​​such as originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. The awards, which began in 1923, have had several notable winners, including Stephen King, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates and Andy Warhol. As a Gold Key winner, Piette will also be considered for national awards like Gold and Silver Medals with Distinction, Silver Medal and Scholarships. Watch the program In Touch With Southeast Iowa with Gretta Piette in the Monday morning, noon and evening magazines or online at KCIIradio.com.


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