Long Beach Middle School eighth-graders Saoirse Marx and Yashoda Jaikaran both achieved awards in recent writing competitions. Saoirse was selected as the local winner in the VFW District No. 1 Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, and Yashoda won the Young Writers’ Stranger Sagas Writing Contest.
Saoirse’s piece focuses on showing appreciation for veterans and will now advance to the regional level of the competition. She was inspired by her grandfather, a Korean War veteran, as well as her father. Yashoda submitted a short story to the Stranger Sagas contest, which encourages creativity in middle and high school students.
Congratulations to both of these outstanding writers on their outstanding accomplishments!