Lauren Radigan of Fenelon Falls Secondary School has won $700 for Shocking New Discovery: The Elusive Elderly Teenager, a short story written for the 2017 Stephen Leacock Student Humour Short Story Competition.

After years of being encouraged to write in a more formal style in English class, Lauren jumped at the opportunity to use her imagination. She was excited to submit her work and have her creative writing reviewed by people in the industry.

Lauren loves how there are limitless ways of using and arranging words, each with a different effect, and how no two people write exactly alike. Being able to create any situation she can dream of is fun in itself, but then she also has the knowledge that it is completely unique to the individual writing it. “No one else is writing the same lines as you because no one else has the same life, personality, influences, or passions as you,” says Lauren.

After graduation, Lauren plans on attending Centennial College in Toronto. She will be taking Art and Design Fundamentals in her first year, in order to learn some new skills (such as digital painting), as well as build a portfolio. Then she will be taking Digital Visual Effects for two years and has her sights set on becoming a VFX artist afterwards. She would love to work on a movie like Avatar. In addition, she plans on selling her own pieces of fine art online.

“I don’t think anyone could deny that literacy is important,” says Lauren. “Literacy always gives back to readers, whether that is information, entertainment, inspiration, or even a deeper understanding of humanity.”