Rebecca Vance’s story, literally, attracted the attention of the KEF board after she appeared in local press and presented to a local Rotary Luncheon. A student at Kalispell Middle School, her teacher, Camille Deitz, noticed Rebecca’s talent for writing and entered her in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This competition is over 90 years old and has included such past notable winners as Sylvia Plath and Truman Capote. Rebecca won the Gold Key award regionally, before winning a Silver Key nationally with the hope of making the awards ceremony in NYC at Carnegie Hall in early June. KEF Director Mike Kofford proudly presented Rebecca and her parents a check for $500 at the May Board of Trustees meeting to help her with travel expenses. We are thrilled to help this young, blossoming writer.