Young Writers Institute
Cadi Kadlecek is the Associate Director of Forensics at Gustavus Adolphus College. Cadi loves to read and write and is excited to share her passion with you. In college, Cadi wrote for her newspaper at Hastings College in Nebraska and had some of her creative writing published in her colleges’ literary magazine. Cadi is a National Champion storyteller in Prose at the AFA-NIET. She has experience working with young writers through other summer camps and is a champion for the literary arts. In her spare time, she bakes cupcakes and likes to play with her two cats, Ira and Sophia.
Emily Meyer is a rising senior Biology major and Art Studio minor at Gustavus Adolphus College. She is a member of the forensics team and loves writing her own speeches, as well as interpreting others' writings. She first had her writing published when she was in the 7th grade; a poem she had written won a national contest and was featured in a compilation book of young poets. Today, she continues to love literature, especially poetry and loves helping others discover their passion for writing as well. As an Art Studio minor, she specializes in painting and is always eager to make art in new ways. This is Emily’s second-year work the YWI and she can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Noelle Anderson starts her second at Gustavus Adolphus College. She is originally from Simi Valley, California, where she competed on the Moorpark College Forensics Team. She is a two-time State Champion in Prose Interpretation at the CCCFA State Tournament. In addition to her success in forensics, she has earned Associate Degrees in Communication Studies and Child Development. She has experience teaching in preschool classrooms; her favorite curriculum was leading group and reading stories to the children.
Kari will be a senior on the Gustavus Adolphus Forensics team. She likes to write short stories (at least start them) and has years of experience writing. She's taken multiple creative writing classes in high school and even wrote a short story involving grandparents, shake and pour pancakes, and Beyonce's single ladies.
Clay Sletta has enjoyed various creative outlets since he was young. In 7th grade, he won a school writing competition about reanimated food. He also won several ribbons for his watercolor paintings. In his spare time, he enjoys meditating, drinking green tea, and jogging through a forest. Lastly, Clay has crashed a birthday party, graduation party, and sometime this summer, a wedding. Let's get creative!
Ryan is a sophomore Psychology/Communication Studies Major Art Minor at Gustavus Adolphus College and has been writing stories and publications for as long as he can remember. His writing has been featured in "Young Americans Poetry" and has been highly regarded at the Minnesota State Fair. In high school, Ryan competed in Creative Expression, a self-written speech and finaled at State his senior year. Ryan believes writing is one of the best ways to express oneself and immerse in self-introspection. Ryan also loves photography and last year one of his photos was featured in 'Vogue Italia'.
I am a Chemistry and Education major looking to teach at the High School level. Obviously, this doesn't allow for much creative writing... unless you count extensive lab reports. However, I have had a lot of experience writing for my classes. Furthermore, I have written stories as an occasional hobby and helped my brother edit the novel he is trying to get published. Fun Fact: I am the queen of puns and get an extreme level of enjoyment from any pun!
As an English major, writing is a huge part of my everyday life. I enjoy writing short stories and especially enjoy satirical writing. I have dabbled a bit in writing poetry as well. A fun fact about me is that I also speak Russian.
Vanessa Condon is the Assistant Director of Forensics at South Dakota State University. Originally hailing from Mound, Minnesota and competing on the high school circuit for four years, Vanessa performed a diverse group of categories including Humorous, Original Oratory, and Prose. In her collegiate career, she competed in Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry, Program Oral Interpretation, and Prose while qualifying her POI and Poetry to the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. Her senior year at Gustavus, she also participated in the experimental event at the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Tournament- taking third in Minnesota Informative. In her spare time, she loves to learn how to groom dogs, go to poetry slams, and canoe on Lake Minnetonka.
Kelsey a 2014 Gustie Grad competed from middle school all the way through college. Highlights of her competitive career include placing second at the Missouri State Tournament in Prose and Dramatic Interpretation in high school, winning Minnesota Collegiate State Tournament in Prose (2014), POI (2013, 2014), and Dramatic Interpretation (2012). At the National level, she placed 5th in Prose at AFA in 2014, and took 2nd in Communication Analysis (similar to Great Speeches) in 2014 and has national out rounds in POI, Drama, Impromptu, and Poetry. Now she is a graduate student at Kansas State University teaching Public Speaking and coaching students there. When she was three years old, her parents got her a pony, which she promptly named after her preschool classmate, "Hartley."