Students complete writing challenge, await published book this spring

This November, a group of Pius X High School students completed a national challenge, writing 50,000 words for their own novel.

Students completing the challenge include:

  • Brendan Plummer, senior (St. Peter),
  • Rebecca Ringer, senior (St. Michaels)
  • Helena Rosno, senior (St. Teresa),
  • Ellen Stephens, junior (North American Martyrs),
  • Rebekah Sweeney, junior.

The challenge was put on by a nonprofit company called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which aims to foster the love of writing and give people opportunities to write the story they’ve always wanted to tell. The website is

Teacher Caycee Hays said the winning students are currently editing their stories and will submit their manuscripts to be formatted and turned into a physical copy of their completed novel.

Here are quotes from some of the students last November.

Rebekah Sweeney, junior

A lot of it for me is just being able to find the time between everything else. I do enjoy it though. I love just sitting down and letting it come out; that’s always been how I write. The other big challenge for me with my home atmosphere, I have lot of siblings around and my parents are talking to me, so it’s hard to just write. But it is interesting and a lot of fun to work on.

Rebecca Ringer, senior, St. James (Crete) / St. Michaels

It was kind of challenging to figure out what I wanted to write about because there are so many different directions that my novel could go in, so it was hard to come down to the details. I had an idea but I had to bring it down to a specific thing. I also find it hard to find time to write. Last night I only got in like 500 words because I had other things and homework. Sometimes I will write and find it easy in a really exciting, action-packed scene, but then I’ll find it hard when the action slows down. It’s hard to find something to fill the void.

Helena Rosno, senior

It was appealing to me but I really liked the thought of writing and having of my ideas put down on paper. I will have something that I have written that I can be like, wow, that took forever and was a lot of work. But it’s like my child now. I have written before. I have two other stories that are about as long as I am now in the novel, but by the end of this month, this will be longer.