Three eighth grade writers were honored during the annual Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Contest awards ceremony at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Saturday, Jan. 5. The three winners and their teachers were awarded medals by Dr. Lawrence Feldman of the Miami-Dade School Board.
The theme of the contest was “How Can I Help Build a Better Community?” The winner was Sophie Ruiz from South Miami Middle School, followed by Connor Cunningham from Palmetto Middle School, and Audrey Barba also from South Miami Middle School. Each student had the opportunity to read his or her winning essays at the awards ceremony.
“It was truly a shining moment to see the winning students and teachers receive medals from Dr. Feldman,” said Creative writing chair Connie Goodman-Milone.
This year’s winners were chosen from more than 200 entries from students across Miami-Dade County. Each year the Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Committee invites all eighth grade Miami-Dade students to submit an essay on a specific theme.
The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, Orange Bowl Committee, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Junior Orange Bowl Committee Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multicultural experiences.
For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl, call 305-662-1210 or visit the website at www.jrorangebowl.org