Khamedriah Grimes is a rising senior at Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, Missouri. She was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because one of its main focuses is on Fine Arts, which is her passion. She was also interested in the opportunity to win college scholarships as a reward for winning the competitions. Khamedriah competed in the 2017 local Kansas City ACT-SO branch competition in the Playwright category, where she received a gold medal for her play titled, Confessions of a Tragic Murder? Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Khamedriah has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this week!
Three Words to Describe Feelings about National Competition
Excited, nervous and prepared. Khamedriah feels excited because this is a very unique opportunity for her to showcase her playwriting skills, which is a Fine Arts category that is often overlooked. She feels nervous because she will be competing against other students from all across the world who are gifted writers just like herself. She is anxious about submitting an original piece for the first time because, if her work places, she knows that she could win significant accolades that would greatly benefit her in the future. She could receive college scholarships as well as recognition from sponsors who could help her grow and advance in her artistic career. She is also nervous about the stiff competition and some of her competitors having more structured experience than she has had. Lastly, although she has a few anxieties, Khamedriah feels prepared. She is ready to travel to Baltimore, a city that she has never been to before, and explore all of its historic beauties. She is prepared to meet new people, make new friends, and give her all on the national stage, as she will remain proud of her efforts, regardless of whether her work receives a medal or not.
Nerves & Excitement
Khamedriah is nervous about competing in the Playwright category of the competition on such a large stage. She is looking forward to meeting new people from all around the world and seeing what unique talents they each bring to the competition. From this experience, she hopes to gain new friends, criticism on how she can improve her playwriting skills, and, hopefully, the opportunity to have her work recognized by experienced professionals.
“Try it. You never know what could happen. It’s a great experience.” – Khamedriah Grimes
We wish you the best of luck, Khamedriah, in the 2017 national competition!