LONG LAKE - A sophomore at Long Lake Central School, Margaret (Meg) Smith is wasting no time in getting her name in print. She was recently awarded accolades in the Great Adirondack Poetry Contest with her poem entitled "Llamas." The piece was printed in the contest's publication, Words From the Woods.
Smith wrote the poem in response to an assignment from Long Lake English teacher Mike Farrell that involved writing a poem about family last year. She chose to write about her grandfather, who was a mining engineer in Peru and more specifically, his mother.
"She was a strong lady - living in Peru with no friends," said Smith of her great grandmother. "I never met her, but I would have liked to."
Aside from having her poem published, Smith received a scholarship to the Champlain College Young Writers Conference at Champlain College in Burlington, which she attended last week. The conference is designed for dedicated young writers and offers an opportunity for them to meet others who share their passion for telling the stories of their lives and to study the craft with some of New England's most celebrated authors and teachers.
Smith is the daughter of Hallie Bond and Mason Smith and is no stranger to writing - it is in her blood. Mason is a published novelist and has published works centered around his experiences living in the Adirondacks.
Outside the classroom, Smith turns to writing as a hobby as well.
"Poetry is a creative outlet for me and I do it not just because it is assigned in school," she said.
Farrell encouraged Smith to submit some of her work to the contest and admitted he would have been surprised if she had not won.
"She is probably the best writer
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