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Renwood fourth-grade writer recognized for novel in Young Writers Contest

Renwood student Jada Tetteh-Lartey January 13, 2020


Jada Tetteh-Lartey has a knack for writing and a gift for telling stories‭. ‬

This fourth-grader at Renwood Elementary School already completed a novel‭, ‬which is an impressive accomplishment‭. ‬What’s even more brilliant is that she wrote it in 30‭ ‬days and has been honored for it‭. ‬

“It felt really good‭,‬”‭ ‬she expressed on finishing her first book‭. ‬“I like writing because I like using my imagination to make stories‭.‬”‭ ‬

November is National Novel Writing Month‭, ‬NaNoWriMo for short‭, ‬and Tetteh-Lartey was recognized in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Contest for November 2019‭. ‬She received a certificate for her story‭! 

“My story is about how I found a black cat and how I try to find its family‭,‬”‭ ‬she described‭. ‬“It’s called‭ ‬‘The Black Mysterious Magic Cat‭.‬’”‭ ‬

Tetteh-Lartey added the story starts with her finding the black cat at her door and then discovering that it’s magical‭. ‬The story continues with her figuring out the cat belongs to the cat lady and ends with her returning the mysterious‭ ‬cat back to its owner‭. ‬

The inspiration for this story was from her own cat‭, ‬she shared‭. ‬

“My cat runs really fast like he has superpowers‭,‬”‭ ‬Tetteh-Lartey expressed‭. ‬“So this cat in my story has magic powers‭, ‬kind of like my cat at home‭.‬”

Her teacher‭, ‬Terry Caskey‭, ‬signed her class up to participate in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program‭. ‬Run by a non-profit‭, ‬the program supports students and educators with tools‭, ‬resources and a creative space to write and share‭. ‬

This was the first year Caskey participated in the program and was excited to have a student recognized for her work‭. ‬She said all her students who wrote really enjoyed the creative writing program‭. ‬

‭ ‬“Jada wrote over 6,000‭ ‬words‭, ‬which was double her goal and the most in the fourth-grade group who participated‭,‬”‭ ‬Caskey shared‭. ‬“She ran away with this from day one‭. ‬On the first day‭, ‬she already had over 300‭ ‬words‭. ‬She was so into it and even worked on it‭ ‬at home‭.‬”

She added that Jada was the only one who received recognition from NaNoWriMo from her class and the non-profit will help get her‭ ‬started on publishing her work‭, ‬if she wants to‭. ‬

Tetteh-Lartey said she wants to write stories when she grows up and is already thinking about what her next novel is going to be‭. ‬

“I think my next story is going to be about a girl who goes to Candy Land‭, ‬finds the Candy Queen‭, ‬and tries to battle her so she‭ ‬can get through and own the land‭,‬”‭ ‬she shared‭. ‬

“Jada is such a great student‭,‬”‭ ‬Caskey expressed‭. ‬“She takes a lot of initiative‭, ‬is very kind and self-driven‭.‬”


PHOTO CAPTION: Jada Tetteh-Lartey‭, ‬a fourth-grade student at Renwood Elementary‭, ‬wrote a novel in 30‭ ‬days as part of National Novel Writing Month in November‭.‬