Category Archives: High School

“The Cherry Blossom Girl and the Ancient Tree”

During senior year of high school, my English teacher encouraged me to enter a scholarship contest called the “Trey Cheek Memorial Essay Writing Contest.” Using a short story I wrote in the 11th grade, I entered the contest and by some amazing twist of fate won the $1500 scholarship (which helped me pay for my laptop for University).

Being home for a week, I realize most people haven’t seen any of my writing work in years – mainly because I graduated with a Biology major, which required only academic writing. So I figured I’d use one of my posts to put my old short story back into the universe. Click the link below to read it:

The Cherry Blossom Girl and the Ancient Tree

Spoiler alert – my experience in Japan, and love for anime throughout my teenage years, may have influenced the story a bit.