Dorothy B. Dumay, Grade 12
International Student Wins First Prize in
2012 Schools at the Festival Essay Contest
Elizaveta Savenkova, an 11th grade student at International, won the high school grand prize of $500 in the 2012 Nellie Wong Mag- ic of Movies Education Fund Essay Contest sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society. The contest is organized by the Schools at the Festival Program, which offers special film screenings to high school students during the San Francisco International Film Festival. The goal of the contest is to “cultivate students’ imagina-
tions, enhance their critical thinking and creative writing skills, and instill a
greater appreciation of the magic of the movies in young audiences of the
Elizaveta’s prizewinning essay was written about a documentary film
called Only the Young that she saw along with the other members of
her 11th grade English B class, taught by Elizabeth Cleere. In her essay,
Elizaveta compared the way American teenagers are portrayed in popular
American TV shows to the picture we get of the teenage protagonists of
Only the Young:
“American TV shows like “Gossip Girl” or “The Secret Life of the
American Teenager” portray teens as drug-addicts, alcoholics and party
animals, which gives people a negative view of teenagers in general. But in
reality, most of us are not like that. I think that Elizabeth Mims and Jason
Tippet, the directors of Only the Young, showed a more realistic picture of
the life of teenagers today. The kids in the film are just average teenagers
who go to school, have friends and hobbies, and face real problems. And I
think that it is a more accurate picture of us. “
My child don’t you hear me,
don’t think just listen.
Listen to my voice,
and your heart of uncertainty,
and just let it go.
I know it’s hard,
That physical inner pain We call emotion,
Is an ongoing torching pain that can
NEVER be left alone.
It controls more of our minds than our
own thoughts do,
Something else we have no control over.
What runs in out of our creative minds
just about everyday
And every second of our lives...
Something that Drives the human race
Thinking and wondering, wondering and
thinking about what’s next?
and/or what now?....
Aaaahhhhh, just breathe my child, and
listen to MY voice
Don’t let your heart wander too much
into the unknown valleys
that lead your precious mind
And heart to desires and fantasies that
one cannot forever reach.
Just listen and don’t speak.
and just relax from this chaotic world.
Listen to me,
and do what others cannot do,
Listen to my voice and I will assure you I
will do what I can do.
To whisk you away,
from this world of unknown ,
with just the sound of my voice.
Soft and gentle but straightforward and
Just listen to me,
As I can assure you I will do what I can
do to make you feel safe,
in my arms,
in my heart ,
With my voice that speaks the mind of
thoughts and wonders.
Just listen to me,
I Love You.