Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention
Category: Writing Improvement | Higher Education | North America
Sharon Lin12th Grade Student: Stuyvesant High School, New York
Sharon Lin is currently a senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, New York. Founded in 1904, Stuyvesant High School is a premiere school that selects its students via an exam that is open to all residents of New York City. Currently, the school has over 3,300 students and has four Nobel laureates among its graduates.
But despite the school’s focus on science, Sharon found both a love and an application for writing. Seeing it as the key to communication, writing is a crucial part of her education and something she enjoys.
Though Sharon learned English at an early age, it was her third language, behind Fukienese and Mandarin. Despite not being a native speaker, Sharon is currently publishing a fantasy/science fiction novel on Amazon. This is in addition to her tenure as editor-in-chief of Amazing Kids! magazine and The Empire Key, the official publication of the New York District Key Club.
According to Sharon, Turnitin was instrumental in her growth as a writer. The feedback provided through Turnitin helped her not just deal with grammar and stylistic issues in her work, but also helped stop imitating the style of others and find her voice.
She also found a great deal of use for the peer review tools in Turnitin, using it as a means of identifying and writing for a specific audience.