South Pasadena English teacher Diane Shires has a lot to smile about these days.
Two of her junior AP Language students have won Scholastic Writing Gold Key Awards for the state of California for their research essays on the topic of sustainability. Jenny Wang and Jason Wang [no relation] next will match their writing and reasoning with students from across the country.
Out of 1,400 writing entries for the California Writing Awards, the South Pas High School students are two of the 52 entrants from the state to go on to the Scholastic National Competition. Jason's essay, "A Seed Gone Wrong,'' looks at possible solutions to overpopulation, while Jenny's, "U.S. Cult of Consumption,'' examines overconsumption and its effects on our environment and future generations.
"It really is inspiring to work with our advance students at the high school level,'' Shires wrote to Patch in an email.
"Our community here in South Pasadena provides such a great support system for our students to excel, and they have so much to offer. Their ideas are inspiring and thoughtful.''
Shires and her students are waiting to see which students have been selected for Silver Key and Honorable Mention Awards.