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Student Spotlight: Aimee Hyndman receives TAGT Scholarship

May 24, 2010

Congratulations to Aimee Hyndman, a 9th grader at Coppell High School, for receiving a TAGT scholarship to attend Shared Worlds summer camp at Wofford College in South Carolina.

Shared Worlds is a creative writing summer program for teenagers who have an interest in fantasy and science fiction literature. “Fantasy is my first passion in writing,” said Aimee. She was also drawn to the program because of their unique approach: the students collaborate to create an imaginary world about which to write. In fact, Aimee is so excited about the opportunity that she isn’t worried about being homesick during the 2 week camp.

She will spend the time at Shared Worlds learning under the guidance of some renowned fantasy and science fiction authors – including Spiderwick Chronicles creator Holly Black, critically acclaimed YA and adult authors Kathe Koja and Marly Youmans, Nebula Award winner Michael Bishop, writer and gaming expert Will Hindmarch, and World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer.

You have likely heard of Aimee. She is a talented writer who has placed first in her category for the CGA Creative Writing Competition for the past 2 years. She credits her passion and ability to the encouragement of her mentor, Diane Ramsay (who used to teach here in Coppell), and her parents and teachers. This encouragement and support extends beyond the classroom. For the past 2 years, her English teachers have been present to cheer her on as she read excerpts from her winning entries at the CGA event. (you can read her recent winning story by clicking Written Promise).

Writing isn’t Aimee’s only passion. “Theater is my second love,” she said. Most recently, Aimee stared in Texas Creative Arts Academy’s performance of “13-The Musical.” She hopes one day to write her own screenplay. But that will have to wait until after she realizes her dream of writing a novel series in the fantasy genre. A goal that the TAGT Scholarship will help her achieve.

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