Student: Kathleen Fritz, 15
School: Mount Hebron High School
Special achievement: Her prose was included in the Maryland Student Anthology 2000, which was sponsored and put together by Frances Hughes Glendening (wife of Gov. Parris N. Glendening). Students in Maryland submitted poetry and prose for the competition, and the best entries were chosen for the anthology.
What she says about it: "I was really happy to be published. I had been working on this story, 'Sunset Valley,' for years. I sent in a little scene with my favorite character, Ashey, a little girl. I was surprised that anyone would be interested in my story."
What writing means to her: "I have been writing stories since I was really little just because I like to write. My dad read me 'The Hobbit' when I was really young, and ever since then I have been in love with fantasy. My stories now are all fantasy stories, and writing them gives me a way to get away from real life for a while."
Hopes for the future: "I would like to get the whole story - 'Sunset Valley' [from which the winning essay was chosen] - published someday. I have another story that I am working on, and I would like to get that published, too."