Ganna and her second book, Scribblers
Written by Victoria Bannon
Right now, most eighth grade students are gearing up for high school. Not publishing their second novel.
But Michigan Virtual Charter Academy’s Ganna Omar isn’t your typical eighth grade student.
“I started getting serious about writing when I was eleven years old, but I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was nine.” Now thirteen, her second book, entitled ‘Scribbles’, was released in April 2016 via CreateSpace publishing, and is available through Amazon.
A passion for writing was what led Ganna to online learning in the first place. Frustrated by her brick and mortar school, she felt forced to learn at a slower pace in the classroom, as she waited for other students to catch up.
Ganna says it was her idea to enroll in virtual schooling. After presenting the idea to her parents, explaining that she would have much more time to devote to her writing and would still be exposed to a rigorous academic curriculum, her parents consented. After a year and a half at MVCA, Ganna says there is no doubt she made the right choice.
Aside from writing, Omar is also able to engage in more extracurricular activities in virtual schooling. She started the local Girls Up chapter in her community, which is an international organization sponsored by the United Nations promoting the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries. Her great work in Girls Up has given her an invitation to the Summit in Washington, D.C. this summer.
“For me, virtual schooling wasn’t the secret to my success, but it was the stepping stone to my success,” she shares. Omar’s happiness in virtual schooling actually inspired one of her friends to join as well.
As for her next novel? Omar shares that her next book is in the planning stages, and it will be something completely different than her other books. She cites inspiration from Harper Lee and J.K. Rowling, so be prepared for something completely unique!