By TIMOTHY LEE
Just recently, the AVID Write Off took place. This is a competition that allows students enrolled in the AVID program, from grades 6-12 to compete in a timed-essay writing contest; the contest being modeled after the University of California’s Analytical Writing Exam. Those with the best essays were selected by students and teachers in their AVID class and sent off to compete in the regional competition.
Out of the 74 high schools and over 2,200 other students that sent in their essays, REV had two regional winners. Sidney Mcneil, an 11th grader, claimed one of the regional spots; Benjamin Gonzales, a 10th grader, took another spot. This was Gonzales’ second win in two years. These two worked hard and for the first time in REV history secured two regional awards in a single year. Sidney Mcneil was interviewed and these were her responses about different questions regarding the competition:
How did you prepare for the Write Off Competition prior to the day of the event?
Were you nervous leading up to the event, and if you were how did you deal with it?
What advice could you give to future AVID students that are wanting to compete in the Write Off?