Inspired Scribble encourages high school students to pick up the pen and chronicle their experiences. For the past four years, a $500 creative writing scholarship has been awarded annually to a student enrolled in the AP Humanities class at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, NJ, for addressing the writing prompt with a submission that best exemplifies an authentic voice in their writing.
In January 2012, I began to share my own story — former Division One athlete turned newspaper reporter — and the role that writing has played in my life — some sort of saving grace.
Ideas like Write your life and What’s your story? were constant story lines that quietly persevered the darkest hours and outshone even the brightest moments. Writing gives you perspective, and it’s neat to watch the kernels of truth pop as each new revelation humbles your character. As the body falls on bended knee so does the mind fold another wrinkle, acknowledging the absolute power of the spirit moving words and action into being.
This is how I discovered writing; it has become that vessel of understanding for me. And I have learned that it is how we do things — with passion, enthusiasm, love — that demonstrate the things we believe. We are living, breathing metaphors for God’s story.
Inspired Scribble exists to illuminate the greater stories we are living through the creative spirit. By honoring the ideas that move us to write them down, we are acknowledging an invisible strength we believe to be inside us. Great things can happen here, in the home of unwavering faith. It is elixir for the ever-changing, always evolving narrative arc.
“The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Chief Inspiration Officer