Immaculate Heart High School Senior Wins Top Writing Award

Published : Monday, April 10, 2017 | 4:33 PM

Ashley Conde. Photo courtesy Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School

Author and script consultant Christina Hamlett of Pasadena congratulates Ashley Conde, a senior at Immaculate Heart High School, who won the top award in the Cabrini Literary Guild’s annual creative writing contest.

An Immaculate Heart High School senior is the top award recipient in the Cabrini Literary Guild’s annual creative writing contest.

The Cabrini Literary Guild, a philanthropic organization, announced the awards, including cash scholarship prizes ranging from $350 to $1,000, during a luncheon presentation April 6th at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale.

Entries from more than 40 Catholic high schools in the Los Angeles area addressed this year’s topic, which was an essay response to Mother Teresa’s quote, “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

Garnering first place and $1,000 was Immaculate Heart senior Ashley Conde, the daughter of Jose and Rhoda Conde of Glendale. The student has served this past year as co-editor-in-chief of Immaculate Heart’s student newspaper, The Bamboo.

The other 2016 award recipients are all students from Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro, including Hunter Bjazevich, who took second place and received $750; Ally Spillane, third place and $500; and Megan Kavanaugh, fourth place and $350.

Serving as master of ceremonies was Pasadena resident Christina Hamlett, an author, professional ghost writer, and script consultant who also teaches workshops and online classes in screenwriting, playwriting, public relations and fiction. Additionally, she is regular contributor of lesson plans to School Video News, an online film resource targeted to K-12 video arts educators.

About Immaculate Heart

Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.


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