In addition to the wonderful kids donating their time in the desert heat today at the Boys and Girls Club of America in Palm Springs (See previous blog) to raise money for an injured staff member, I want to pay tribute to two other Teen Superstars: Maya Little-Sana and Danielle Acosta.
Maya Little-Sana has won the prestigious National Scholastic Art and Writing Award for her dark personal essay titled "Abyss." Past winners of this award have been Stephen King, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates. Congratulations, Maya on your amazing achievement! And a big shout out to San Diego humanities teacher, Tony Spitzberg for giving his class, including Maya, this assignment.
Danielle Acosta has won a $4,000.00 scholarship for her short film, which was recently featured in the 5th Annual Palm Springs Unified School District Digicom Film Festival. The film explored how Danielle's love of filmmaking helped her cope with a loved one's suicide. Awards also went to teachers Tarra Bercegeay of Palm Springs High, James O'Neil of Desert Hot Springs High, and Jessica Pack of James Workman Middle School. Congratulations!