Friends School junior Sydney Zimmerman has won 1st prize in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s (BSFS) Young Writer’s Contest. She will be presented with the award and will read her short story, “The Buoyancy of Thoughts,” before a live audience at Balticon51, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, on Saturday, May 27, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. The talented writer, who entered the contest at the urging of her English teacher Michael Paulson, is presently working on an Extradisciplinary Certificate in creative writing at Friends, according to Josh Carlin, the program coordinator. “She attended a creative writing workshop at Goucher College with Madison Smartt Bell and sent him the story to read,” he says. Beyond her academic course load Sydney is also working on a novel, one of the goals she set for herself in planning out her creative writing certificate. “She started out writing a novella, but it has quickly moved beyond that,” adds Carlin. Friends students have fared well in the annual BSFS contest: Last year, Kayleigh Ford ’17 won 2nd prize, as did Hannah Meshulam ‘13 in 2013. This year Kayleigh earned an Honorable Mention.
Launched in 2015, the Extradisciplinary Certificate Program (ECP) offers interested Upper Schoolers an opportunity to explore an area of academic interest in ways that extend beyond the traditional course of study.