A Highland High School senior took first place in a creative writing contest.
Fiona Sauve won in the 11th-12th grade category in the Arizona Educational Foundation’s annual Polly Rosenbaum Creative Writing Contest for her poem. She is a student of Lisa Loschetter-Geusic.
This wasn’t Fiona’s first win in the contest. The teen while in the 9th grade took second place in 2017 and first place in 2018 as a 10th grader.
The creative writing contest is open to students in grades 7 - 12 who currently attend a public school in Arizona.
First place winners receive a $50 gift certificate; second place winners receive a $25 gift certificate, and third place winners receive a $15 gift certificate.
The top students in each category of the 2020 contest and their guests will join state leaders for an awards ceremony, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the State Capitol, 1700W. Washington St.
Arizona’s Poet Laureate, Alberto Rios and 2016 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year Christine Marsh are scheduled to speak.
The writing contest is named for Polly Rosenbaum, a former House representative in the state Legislature and teacher, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104. This writing contest is a long-standing tradition honoring Rosenbaum, who believed Arizona’s young people are the state’s greatest resource.
Each year the Arizona Educational Foundation establishes a theme for the writing contest. The theme for this year was, “What ideas do you have for citizens to actively engage in their communities?”
Below is Fiona’s winning entry.