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English teacher Terri Ann Sullivan and Kodi Sohl
High School North English teacher Terri Ann Sullivan (above left) and Media Specialist Kodi Sohl (above right) welcomed former student and The Puppet King author Tanya Kornelsen (right) for a virtual presentation in the school's media center Feb. 28.

Tanya Kornelsen author

Feb. 29, 2024-- High School North was thrilled to welcome back one of its esteemed alumna, Tanya Kornelsen, for a special speaking engagement in the HSN Mariner Media Center Feb. 28.

Kornelsen, a distinguished author and former Mariner, shared insights from her journey of becoming a published author. Kornelsen graduated from North in 1990 and has since achieved remarkable success in the literary world. Her book, The Puppet King, is a political thriller and is the first in a three-part series.

During her visit, Kornelsen spoke with students in AP literature, creative writing, the school's Book Club and Polaris Creative Writing Club. She offered valuable perspectives on pursuing passions, overcoming challenges, and navigating the world of writing and publishing.

The Puppet King Presentation Feb 28

“She really attributed discovering her love of reading and writing to her time here at North in her English classes,” said HSN Media Specialist Kodi Sohl. “It was wonderful for the students to hear her story and be able to ask her questions regarding education as well as the creative and publishing processes.”

During the visit Kornelsen also provided valuable insights on editing, marketing, writing, research and perseverance.

Kornelsen now lives in Chicago and can be found on Instagram and X @TMKornelsen. Her book is available for students at the Mariner Media Center, Ocean County Library and all major book retailers.

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