Chloe Rust gets third place

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: KIMBERLY GREENFIELD - Chloe Rust is a young playwright with a lot of talent.A 13-year-old Lake Oswego girl earned a top spot in a two-state writing contest.

Lakeridge Junior High School seventh-grader Chloe Rust won third place in Oregon Children’s Theatre’s “The Bully Project,” a playwrighting competition for fifth- to eighth-graders in Oregon and Washington. Entrants’ works must convey an anti-bullying message.

“Chloe is really passionate about both acting and writing, so combining the two made a lot of sense, and the result was this play,” said her mother, Elissa Minor Rust. “I am so proud of her not just for winning this contest, but for the quality of the play she has written and the potential it has to impact people.”

Chloe received a $25 gift for “Once More From the Top.” The top six playwrights will present their written creations during a free community reading at 7 p.m. May 30 in the OCT’s Black Box Theatre, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland. There were more than 65 submissions for the OCT contest.

OCT is a nonprofit professional children’s theater company serving more than 120,000 children each year with educational services.

In addition to her OCT competition win, Chloe took first place two years ago in a national writing contest called The Legacy Project, receiving $25,000 worth of computer software for Hallinan Elementary School as well as a desktop computer for herself.

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