Congratulations to our 2017 Fiction Contest Finalists!

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Congratulations to our 2017 Fiction Contest Finalists! - San Antonio Book Festival

We received 210 submissions to our annual Fiction Contest this year. Thank you to the educators across Bexar County who assigned our “Building Bridges” contest to their students. Our judges reported that the submissions were “outstanding” and “the best quality yet.” Students, you should be very proud!

Winners will be announced February 15. Our Fiction Contest is sponsored by the Texas Cavaliers. Winners receive cash prizes for themselves and their schools, participate in a special ceremony at the Book Festival on April 8, are invited to ride on the Cavaliers float in the River Parade, and more!

Listed below (in no particular order) are the finalists for each category.

7th-8th Grade Finalists:

  • Claire Rollwitz, “The Importance of Building Bridges,” Concordia Lutheran School, 7th grade
  • Cindy Vilchis, “Fatal Love,” Whittier Middle School, 8th grade
  • Daniel Robelo, “The Bridge,” Alamo Heights Junior School, 7th grade
  • Ayden Reece Thoma, “All In This Together,” Concordia Lutheran School, 7th grade
  • Allison Wu, “My Father on the Willow Bridge,” Keystone School, 8th grade
  • Elizabeth Walter, “Stand a Little Taller,” Concordia Lutheran School, 7th grade
  • Corinthian Ewesuedo, “Winter in Summer,” Keystone School, 8th grade
  • Ricky Juarez, “The Last Musician,” 7th grade
  • Deandre Marshall, “The Dreamer,” San Antonio Academy, 7th grade
  • Arianna Panduro, “The Girl and the Bridge,” Robert G. Cole Middle School, 7th grade

9th-10th Grade Finalists:

  • Jonah Rodriguez, “Bridges,” East Central High School, 10th grade
  • Mia Mercer, “Building Bridges: A Uniting Touch,” Robert G. Cole High School, 10th grade
  • Kyra Bell, “Day By Day,” School of Science and Technology, 9th grade
  • Elisabeth Wang, “Running Out of Time,” Health Careers High School, 10th grade
  • Mary Merta, “Stop the Rain,” Incarnate Word High School, 9th grade
  • Jacinta Murillo, “The Color Expert,” Marshall High School, 9th grade
  • Brian Yancelson, “The Other Side,” Alamo Heights High School, 10th grade

11th-12th Grade Finalists

  • Ashleigh Houff, “An Afternoon with Red Evelyn,” William Howard Taft High School, 12th grade
  • Niraja Surendran, “Blue-Green Sea,” Ronald Reagan High School, 12th grade
  • Daniel Bertetti, “Bridge of Ice,” Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, 11th grade
  • Arian Veyssi, “The Healed Rift,” Incarnate Word High School, 12th grade
  • Nayeli Rivas, “The Only Hope,” Thomas Jefferson High School, 12th grade
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