KALISPELL, Mont. - One lucky seventh grader has the chance of a lifetime to show off her writing chops in New York City in May.
When you first enter Camille Deitz's seventh grade language arts classroom, you notice 13-year-old Rebecca Vance silently observing the lesson being taught.
"At first you would think she's shy, but as you talk to her more, she's here to learn," said Deitz.
She's also learned how to write, one of Vance's favorite things to do besides picking up a book to read.
"As you think of who you want the characters to be and you start putting it down on paper, it all just comes together to write itself," said Vance.
"It almost seems effortless, but I know she puts a lot of work into her writing," Deitz explained.
Vance recently penned a short story depicting the life of a young soldier stationed at the North and South Korean borders at the beginning of the Korean War. She's entered that piece, "The 38th," as part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and was shocked when she found out she was a golden key winner and silver medalist.
"I was just amazed and wasn't thinking I was going to get anything so it blew me away," said Vance.
Now, Vance has a once in a lifetime chance to be honored for her work next month at the Art.Write.Now Exhibition in New York City. But that trip comes at a price.
"Just to spend that money out of the blue... getting it back woudl be good for m y parents," Vance explained.
Deitz is looking to the community to help in any way they can. Donations would go directly towards covering the cot of traveling to The Big Apple for the prestigious ceremony.
"It's an incredible honor to be involved with someone that's so talented and could potentially be a famous writer," said Deitz. "Who wouldn't want to say that they made a little part of that happen for someone?"
If you would like to support Rebecca Vance's trip to NYC, Deitz is asking folks to bring cash or checks made out to Bernard Vance to Kalispell Middle School, located at 205 Northwest Lane in Kalispell. Deitz will compile the donations and pass them along to the Vance family before the NYC trip.