Friday, November 30, 2012
While a writer’s life is often spent in quiet places without a lot of public fanfare, Hood River Valley High School senior Elizabeth Gobbo found herself in the limelight this month when she received notice of her publication in the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers — (Scholastic Books) The Best Teen Writing of 2012.
This is Gobbo’s second time being published at the national level, having been selected for the same publication’s collection as a “best teen writer” in 2010.
“I feel so lucky,” said Gobbo, acknowledging that many other good writers at HRVHS entered the contest as well.
Prior to both publications, Gobbo’s poetry and short stories were first entered in competition with over 100,000 other teens’ work from across the U.S. through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. She originally took both gold and silver medals before advancing to final publication. For the annual publications, Gobbo was one of only 50-70 writers receiving the final honor.
Gobbo’s writing was also recognized locally with the award of the Laura Douglass Schaefer Memorial Writing Contest prize last spring through the Gorge Community Foundation for her piece entitled “Primary,” viewable on the GCF website.
This year’s winning piece is categorized under “flash fiction,” a short story of under 1,300 words. Gobbo’s work is entitled “Puna” and chronicles a moment in time of a young Laotian single mother now working in a bowling alley in the U.S.
Gobbo hasn’t determined whether writing will be her chosen field of study in college and is still considering how to weave that calling into her love of music and foreign language study. She does hope to enter this year’s Scholastic contest, vying for a senior portfolio scholarship.
The Best Teen Writing of 2012 is available through Amazon.com.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge