Ariana Perez has two good news to share – She has been accepted to be part of Bill of Rights Summer Program in Washington DC and she was also an International Runner-up in the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest, hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
The Bill of Rights Summer Program allows students to explore the presence and necessity of civil discourse in our democratic republic each day. The program lasts 5 days and costs over $2,000. Fullerton Host Lions Club granted $200 to Ariana for this trip as a small encouragement.
While asked about her experience in writing, Ariana responded, “Winning essay contests does take time. I have entered many contests and many times do not win, but it is always interesting to learn something new. And my teacher at school is very supportive of my writing and finds me contests to enter almost every month. Some are long 1500 words and some are short essays 500 words. I also applied to at least 6 summer camps and programs, the process is very competitive and I only got selected for two 2 of them, I am sure college will be the same way.
Life is made up of experiences, I am trying to do as many events as I can and grow as a person, I can not control the judges and their preferences. You do have to have some tough skin to bounce back from every event.
Like anything you develop your own technique for storytelling, personal connection, and delivery, the more you write the better you improve your skills.”