Writing an award winning essay

CHESTERTOWN She likes to use big words and make people laugh, and 10-year-old Alyssa Jensen has been rewarded for doing just that. Jensen is the daughter of Paul and Lisa Jensen of Chestertown and is a fourth grader at North Warren. Her teacher, Amy Gronert, involved the class in a statewide essay competition sponsored by area daily newspapers. Over an 8-week period, the class followed the historic story of life on the Erie Canal, and at the end, they were given the assignment of writing a story about something that seemed to be bad but turned out good, comparing and contrasting their experiences with those in the Erie Canal story. Out of all the entrants in the state, Jensens essay was one of six winners. I thought it would be fun, she said about her essay. She is in the Young Scholar program at North Warren and is now going to Syracuse on June 8 for an awards ceremony. Alyssa captures her audience when she writes, Gronert said. She likes to use words like prestidigitation, and she titled her essay Viewer Discretion Advised. Jensen said she faints at the sight of blood, and she wrote her essay about when her Mom was pregnant and wanted her to be with her when she gave birth. I said thats not a good idea, Jensen said. So my mom suggested taking a class at the hospital about birth. She thought about it for a couple of weeks and decided to take the class and try to be there with her mother when she gave birth. On Jan. 14, 2006, Alyssa was there when her sister Hannah was born at Glens Falls Hospital. It was really, really good to be there, she said. Her essay about the experience was an award winner. Jensen said she has a few ideas about what she wants to do when she grows up. I want to be a singer and actress, but if that doesnt work out, Id like to be a teacher, a photographer or a writer, she said.

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