Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego

San Diego winning author 10 year old Micah Fong invited to join Vice-President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C.

10 year old Micah Fong of Oak Park is the 2010 national elementary school winner of The Weekly Readerís Student Publishing Contest. Micah, a student at Julian Charter School in San Diego, decided to write about her sister and epilepsy. In her essay she says, ďMy sister has epilepsy, and I didnít choose this topic to win the contest, I chose this topic so people could know that kids with epilepsy are just regular people, with regular lives.Ē The writing shares how symptoms at the beginning were foreign to the family, and how they come together to ensure she remains in healthy environments. The Weekly Reader presents a nonfiction writing contest to students in elementary and high school each year. Writings are between 500 and 2,500 words, including memoirs, essays and stories about news events. There are only three winning authors selected each year.

Micahís essay was chosen as the winner of the national elementary school category. She has been invited to Washington, D.C. on June 5th for a backyard BBQ Luncheon with Vice-President Joe Biden. On June 7th, there will be an awards ceremony hosted by Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist, Ron Suskind where Micah will receive an award, a plaque and a cash award of $500.00. Micah has decided to donate part of her award to the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County is proud of Micah for her talent and strength to bring her sisterís condition to the forefront and write about epilepsy.

The Essay