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Pine-Richland senior recognized in national journalism ceremony

| Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Chelsea Carver wearing her gold medal at the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Award ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Chelsea Carver wearing her gold medal at the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Award ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Pine-Richland High School senior Chelsea Carver wanted to win a Scholastic Gold Key award for journalism so much that she made it a part of her high school bucket list.

When that dream became a reality in her junior year, she thought the story ended there and she was content. She never expected her article to win a 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Award national medal.

Carver was one of 2,500 teenagers in grades seven to 12 whose works were selected from a pool of 330,000 for the awards in 29 categories in art and writing last spring. She traveled to New York City to accept the award at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall with featured speakers including actress/comedian Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”) and actresses Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Allison Williams (“Get Out”). “I really felt honored to be surrounded by so many talented students being recognized for our accomplishments, and by so many people who've really influenced the businesses they're in,” she said. “They all had really inspirational messages to just keep believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams, even if you have roadblocks along the way.”

Carver's award-winning article was entitled, “Effects of Sugar — Not So Sweet.” She wrote it in honor of her late great aunt, who suffered from diabetes, and her research include sifting through medical journals to learn about different studies and links between sugar intake and various health complications.

Now, Carver is hoping to win another Gold Key award with a new paper on which she'll be working examining the negative effects of technology on the body.

Carver also recently won her fourth Presidential Volunteer Service Award for completing 100 hours of community service through the Latodami Environmental Education Center in North Park.

Karen Price is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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