As April drew to a close last week, many students spent the last few hours of the month readying for prom or studying for upcoming finals and AP tests. For the writers of RBHS, however, the end of the month brought with it the end of the first Camp NaNoWriMo session of 2016, and the end of a 30-day-long challenge to write a set number of words by 11:59 p.m. April 30.

Over the past four weeks, members of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Club spent their free time toiling away at their projects, writing everything from short stories to novel outlines to poetry as they worked toward larger word count goals they set for themselves at the beginning of the event. While some members found it easy to keep up with their word counts, others found themselves rushing toward the end of the month to finish their projects on time.

Such was the case for five members of the club, who tracked their progress with Bearing News through a podcast diary over the course of the month. For these five members, it wasn’t as much about meeting the word count goals as it was about the Camp NaNoWriMo experience itself. Hear their reflections on last month’s Camp NaNoWriMo event below.

Josh Whittom, senior
Project: short story, National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) — completed

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Cassidy Lamoureux
Project: free writing — work in progress

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Khalid Ibdah, freshman
Project: novel, poetry — no set goal

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Molly Sparkes, senior
Project: novel — no set goal

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Javan Whitney-Warner, senior
Project: conspiracy novel, NaPoWriMo — completed

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Despite her daunting schedule and knowledgeable attitude about various happenings at RBHS, many still seem to think that senior Nicole Schroeder is an underclassman. Maybe it has to do with her small stature or maybe it is the air of determined perfectionism that immediately dispels any notions of senioritis. Whatever the reason, however, almost everyone can agree that her friendly face and warm smile openly welcome all those she may meet. In her free time, she enjoys writing novels to her heart’s content, horseback riding, and spending time with her family and her three guinea pigs: Smores, Oreo, and Cinnamon. If she’s not in class, she’s most often bustling in and out the journalism room or tucked away in a quiet corner of the East Atrium.

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