Tribune photo by Stacey Wescott
April 20, 2011
With her journal in hand, Emma Stone heads to the picnic table where she finds a few minutes to write every day.
So ingrained is the ritual that Stone's classmates and teachers at Elgin Academy know to look for her there, tinkering with a passage in her newest poem or comic strip.
"Its my creative center," said Stone, 17, a senior bound for the University of Chicago with top grades and a yen for the tradition of putting pen to paper. "I really have to kind of see it and feel it. Also, I think its a consequence of being born when I was, but it's nearly impossible to be on a computer and not be distracted."
Stone cannot recall when she wrote her first story. But in fourth grade, she gave poems to her teacher for extra credit. As the school year neared an end, the teacher handed Stone a binder with every lyric and verse she had submitted that year.
"That's my earliest documentation of me getting serious about writing," said Stone, of St. Charles.
Today, Stone edits Elgin Academys literary magazine, Calliope's Gold.
"So often I will read her papers and read her poetry, and I will just stop and think words are enough," said Stephanie Merrill, an English teacher who advises the literary magazine. "If you do it right, words can just be enough."
Stone's two sisters, brother and parents share her penchant for the arts, she said, quipping that they are known to watch Shakespeare's "Henry V" together on a weekend afternoon.
At the University of Chicago, Stone plans to study philosophy, French or English. She hopes to continue exploring myriad literary mediums. She recently dabbled in comic strip writing as an outlet for her literary criticism.
Stone also plays varsity soccer and field hockey, and as a senior she was named to the All-State field hockey team.
By Tara Malone