LINCOLN — Kailee Pedersen began reading at age 2. By 4 she was journaling, and at age 12 she had written an award-winning one-act play, later performed in St. Louis.
At the age of 13, as an eighth- grader, she submitted her literary portfolio to the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. She didn't win a scholarship — few do — but in the next four years, Kailee went on to collect dozens of national writing awards and scholarships. Last year, her senior year at Lincoln East, she tried again.