David Avent charms the crowd with his poem, "Going to Cuba." Photo by Yvonne Feece

Seventy-five courageous boys and girls read from their hearts on the Discovery Green main stage  this Sunday, proving to the audience they have what it takes. The Blooms reading of the Houston Young Writers Reading Series, presented by WITS, was the biggest literary celebration of the school year thanks to the principals, teachers, parents, sponsors, and volunteers  in attendance, and most of all, to the children who amazed everyone with their outstanding poems, essays, and stories.

Keynote speaker Karen Walrond shared her personal journey of how she became a writer and encouraged the students to own the statement, “I am a writer,” acknowledging that their pieces had been selected from thousands of entries and published in Blooms. (Read more of Walrond’s powerful speech here.) The students shouted in unison from their seats, “I AM A WRITER!” then individually recited their work with strength and conviction.

Congratulations, winners!

Matilde Acosta
Leen Aldarrab
Daniel Alvarez Fedyaev
Etse Amewolo
Edwin Argueta
David Avent
Alberto Avila
Noble Benjamin, Jr.
John Boland
Emily Bonilla
Daylen Brooks
Abigail Calderon
Genesis Cantu
Jocelyn Cardenas
Priscila Cardoso
Graciela Carrillo
Alex Cope
Kassandra Cortez
Sady Davalos
Teagan Davis
Helena de la Cruz
Leyla Delorme
Bella Deutser
Carlos Escamilla
Mia Fares
Natalia Flores
Josseline Garay
Eleanor Geno
Chris Gonzales
Kingston Griffin
Lesly Guerra
Grace Guerriero
Jordan Hall
Gracie Halperin
Olivia Havre
Rhemi Herron
Anuj Jajoo
Xoloni Johnson
Isabella Krafka
Aamir Lateef
Esther Le
Rachel Lee
Ava Leung
Hugo Lopez
Itzel López
Emely Luna
Sadie Many
Anna Miller
Angelique Montes
Ioana Nechiti
Imnet Petro
Grace Rampaul
Saul Rivera
Estevan Rodriguez
Angel Rosa
Emily Salinas
Jose Sanchez
Jefferson Santos
Julian Santos
Ana Serrano
Smrithi Shibichakravarthy
Kevin Situn
Elizabeth Soriano
Deandrea Stevens
Sarah Swackhamer
Jade Treviño
Truc Trinh
Long Hoang Vu
Bryanna Williams
Julia Zheng
Jose Ramos

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