Léman Manhattan Preparatory School is partnering with Newbery Award and Printz Honor Award-winning author Jack Gantos to find New York City’s most talented eighth grade writers. In an unprecedented move, the elite private school today announces that it will award a full four-year high school scholarship to the winner of its inaugural Jack Gantos Writing Contest.

“Léman values creative thinking in all areas of study. Creative writing, and writing well, are key components to both the literary arts and elegantly precise communication,” said Gantos, who serves on Léman Manhattan’s Advisory Board.

Léman Manhattan encourages all New York City eighth-graders to submit an original short story or personal narrative by December 15, 2012. Jack Gantos – celebrated author of Dead End in NorveltHole in My Life and Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, among others – will select and announce the winners by January 15, 2013. The author of the top story or narrative will win a full four-year scholarship to Léman. Additionally, ten finalists will attend a writing workshop with Gantos and will be invited, along with their families, to a reception where they will receive a certificate signed by the award-winning author recognizing their participation and accomplishment.

To be considered, entries must be 1,500-2,000 words, double-spaced and accompanied by a cover letter including contact information (for the student and the school in which they are currently enrolled), and reason for applying. Submissions should be mailed to:

Drew Alexander, Head of School
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
1 Morris Street, New York, NY 10004

As a part of the prestigious Meritas International Family of Schools, Léman Manhattan’s curriculum is based on a proven philosophy that stresses global awareness and critical thinking skills, and focuses on each student’s unique potential and learning style. Led by an inspired and talented faculty, Léman Manhattan services grades pre-K 3’s through 12th grade with “Personal Learning Plans” tailored for each student’s needs. Creative academic programming encourages growing minds to view the world as their classroom, including Touchpoints, which, starting in second grade, engages students from around the world in conversations about complex global issues.

To learn more about Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, visit www.lemanmanhattan.org or call (212) 232-0266.

About Léman Manhattan Preparatory School 

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School – a member of the prestigious Meritas International Family of Schools – offers the highest-caliber academics to grow the next generation of courageous, critical thinkers. Located in the Financial District, Léman Manhattan’s state-of-the-art campuses house a truly unique learning community, where an exceptional faculty (many of whom hold advanced degrees) inspires students in grades pre-K 3s through 12thgrade to view the world as their classroom. Léman Manhattan’s rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum stresses critical thinking, personalized learning that addresses each student’s strengths as well as areas for improvement, and prepares young minds for the global 21st Century. Programs such as Touchpoints engage students from around the world in conversations about complex global issues while Léman Manhattan’s international boarding program – the only one of its kind in Manhattan – illustrates the school’s rich and diverse culture. Léman Manhattan is setting a new standard for elite private school education in New York City and beyond. 

For more information about Léman Manhattan, visit www.lemanmanhattan.org.

About Meritas International Family of Schools

Meritas is a worldwide family of elite college-preparatory schools that provides highly personalized education to more than 12,000 students at its top ten private schools and boarding schools around the globe. Meritas schools have more than 300 years of proven experience in placing students into premier universities around the world and have educated more than 50,000 students. As a collaborative global network of schools in some of the most influential nations, Meritas is focused on developing the world’s next generation of leaders. For more information, visit www.meritas.net.

About Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works includeDead End in Norvelt, winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, as well as Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. Gantos is known nationally for his educational creative writing and literature presentations to students and teachers. He is a frequent conference speaker, university lecturer, and in-service provider. Mr. Gantos is on the Advisory Board of Léman Manhattan Preparatory School.