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St George Girls High School Student Posted In Young Writers Showcase | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

St George Girls High School Student Posted In Young Writers Showcase |  St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

Clarissa Lee. Image: Delivered

There is no doubt that 2020 was a difficult year for many students across the state.

But former St George Girls High School student Clarissa Lee used her experience throughout the pandemic to refine her English Extension 2 major work.

Clarissa’s hard work paid off because her short story was chosen to appear in NESA’s 20th Young Writers Showcase.

Local Miranda said she never expected her job to make the final choice.

“When I wrote it, I didn’t really want people reading my work because I was nervous about what they would think,” she said.

“When you write something, it becomes a part of you, so I was worried about how people would react to it.

“It was a big shock to me that it was chosen.”

Clarissa said she spent nine months working on the final piece during the first outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I wouldn’t say COVID was a big focus in my piece, but it was a big catalyst,” she said.

“I was trying to capture some of that despair and uncertainty.”

Clarissa, 18, said her short story was an ‘existential play’ that focused on the human desire to find meaning in life.

“It sounds like two stories happening at the same time,” she said.

“One protagonist is an ordinary guy, a father who likes to write, and the other is a female mathematician.”

The talented teenager is currently studying for a Bachelor of Laws and Arts majoring in Philosophy at the University of NSW.

She said writing the piece had been very rewarding.

“When I was first told I could expand 2 English, I would not do it,” she said.

“The idea was scary, but it was very rewarding to have the freedom to write something big like this.

“You also have something you can look back on, which is very special.”

The young authors who participated in this year’s showcase have been selected from more than 1,385 students who studied HSC English Extension 2 in 2020.

The Young Writers Showcase is usually launched on WordeXpress, a partnership between NSW’s State Library and NESA. Due to COVID restrictions, it will take place online this year.

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