Destrehan Senior publishes book of poetry
"Itís basically a compilation of poetry that Iíve written over the course of four years in high school," says LaGrange. "Itís not everything Iíve written and I definitely say it shows the evolution of my writing because there are some poems in it that are a little bit trivial and juvenile, but the large number of poems do hold a lot of substance and a lot of depth."
The Destrehan High School student is graduating this year, but she already knows what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She wants to be a broadcast journalist and will be enrolling at the University of Missouri this fall where she received recognition as a Brooks Scholar and a member of the universityís honors college with advanced placement status. LaGrange will be double majoring in Journalism and Political Science. Thoughts of Mya includes a poem she wrote about finding her career path.
"There is one poem in there I donít know if itís my favorite poem, but it does mean a lot to me. Itís called what is to become of me," LaGrange said. "I basically wrote it when I first realized I wanted to become a journalist, which was a really long time ago and before that period I hadnít been hit with the epiphany of what I wanted to do with my life. I
"Itís really about a person traveling and they run into all these people and they share their career path and things like that in so many words and then being left with a sense of oblivion as to that, just not knowing. So I wrote that one right before I figured out I wanted to go into journalism."
Named by her mother, Avis LaGrange, after well-known poetess Maya Angelou it seems that she may have been fated to be a writer.
"I named Mya after Dr. Mya Angelou because I am big fan of hers and we read a lot of her things and such and itís just interesting that Mya kind of landed in that same vein," Avis said. "So itís kind of come full circle for her with this."
Avis said she is very proud of hers daughters accomplishments.
"I guess for me at first when I first noticed I guess Mya might have been about 10 or 11 and given what she was asked to write about and sheís like Ďmom look at thisí and I asked "Did you write this?í and thatís kind of how I got to watch and learn that yes she can write really, really well," Avis said. "She has always done really well on her standardized tests as far as the commands of the English language and grammar. She has always been exceptional in that regard and I think that shows in her book."
Avis said Mya has always been more serious than other kids her age and that it shows in her writing.
"Where some kids may be watching cartoons and comedy Mya is watching CNN and MSNBC and all of these kinds of things and I think a lot of it is reflective in the thought that she put into her topics in the book," Avis said. "Even a piece thatís essentially about peer pressure and school and how people wear masks and refuse to be themselves when you are in a high school settings and things like that and how important it is to be yourself."
Mya will be signing her poetry books at the Farmers Market on May 30 (St. Charles Plaza) from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald Guide is the complete local news in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.
Get your local news, sports and information from the Parish's award winning paper.
St. Charles Herald Guide has what you need.
In the summer of 1973, a baby boy was born to a 14 year-old girl at West Jefferson...
St. Charles Parish plans to go out for construction bids next month on the first...
Little more than a week after officials from 14 parishes took a trip to Washington,...
In the still darkness of the morning, three crabbers in a pickup truck arrived at...
Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, along with eight other parish presidents and...
The St. Charles Parish Council has hired attorney Tim Marcel to represent them...
Boudreaux's Collision offers quality auto body shop repair. Whether it's a major collision or paint touch up, we get you back on the road fast!
Vitter in Bayou Gauche to speak about action on flood insurance rate hikes - 544 views
Little more than a week after officials from 14 parishes took a trip to Washington, D.C. to lobby against potential flood insurance rate hikes, some of those same officials convened with Sen. David Vitter at the home of a Bayou Gauche couple.