“I believe that Ashley has the potential, through her writing, to make important contributions to the ever-evolving global conversation about what it means to be alive.”
“I assure you that I am not exaggerating when I say that, in my 15 years as an educator, I have rarely seen a stronger student writer than Ashley…It was clear that writing was more than just an assignment to her; it was an essential part of who she was. As a testament to her absolute need to write, she completed a novel-length work of fiction that year. Ashley used her writing as a tool for self-exploration. She experimented with myriad voices, developing the familiar themes of self-identity, acceptance, and friendship, but with the piercing insight of somebody well beyond her years.
In viewing her more recent body of work, it is clear that Ashley has ventured far beyond cliché themes, artfully penetrating the obvious in order to discover the finer, more subtle truths. She has an arresting command of poetic and literary devices, and she uses her craft to unveil the meaning hidden in the ordinary. Ashley’s voice is authentic, and it is her insatiable desire to understand the human spirit that drives her writing. At the same time, she is not afraid to play, to experiment with style, and to accept mistakes as a necessary part of honing her craft. She excels at both prose and poetry and, with master level instruction and the opportunity to be truly challenged, I believe that Ashley has the potential, through her writing, to make important contributions to the ever-evolving global conversation about what it means to be alive.”
Ashley Loc, 18 years old
Quick facts: John Steinbeck’s name is equated with passionate tears; Holden Caulfield would have been my childhood best friend; and music that is reckless – in a responsible way – hits one hell of a sweet spot.
Aspirations: To have my voice heard and appreciated; to have the three syllables of a youthful spirit be more than legal property; and to have you wake up one day to realize that the speed in which I change from one subject to the next is not due to an attention deficiency, but a flaming vitality that can consume the human imagination.