James earns Gold Key for poetry

Lauren James, a junior Berkeley Center for the Arts Creative Writing major at Goose Creek High School, received a Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Key Award in

the area of poetry.

Lauren James, a junior Berkeley Center for the Arts Creative Writing major at Goose Creek High School, received a Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Key Award in the area of poetry.

Nearly 340,000 works were submitted nationwide and less than 1 percent of those competing earn National Gold Keys, the competition’s highest distinction.

James will walk the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City this summer at the Scholastic Art & Writing National Ceremony to receive her award.

“I write poetry to preserve things that I would hate to lose,” James said. “The winning poem is about my best friend. I like to write about things that elicit strong emotions: people, memories. Specific moments that can be brought back to life by words.”

James is the fifth BCA Creative Writing student to earn a National Gold Key.