Ally Baker, Sebastian Provencio, Hannah Hetmanski, and Kathryn Burr, students at J.T. Henley Middle School, competed in the Virginia Association of English Teachers (VATE) fifth Annual Literacy Explosion held online on April 9.
The Literacy Explosion is a statewide language arts festival designed to celebrate and promote the integration of literacy and 21st century learning skills by encouraging and rewarding students’ excellence in reading, writing, speaking, presenting, filming, drawing, and acting. Students show their understanding and appreciation of a text and expertise in their use of language, communication, and digital media in one of these formats: book covers, book trailers, digital posters, photo essays, podcasts, and videos.
Baker won a first place medal in the book cover category. Provencio and Hetmanski finished first and second place, respectively, in the book trailer competition. Burr took top honors in the digital poster category. Their winning works were created as projects for their seventh grade English class.