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Bound for Success - 2017 Rising Young Authors

District Celebrates 12 budding authors Wednesday, October 18, 2017. and star

Join the Campbell Union School District community in celebrating 12 talented student authors at the District’s 15th Annual Rising Young Authors awards, October 18, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Stevens Creek Blvd., in San Jose.

The Rising Young Authors are a select group of students whose short stories, essays, research papers and poems were among hundreds entered in the District’s annual Writing Faire last May. After the Writing Faire, judges review eligible entries to select one Author of the Year per school to receive the Rising Young Author award in the fall.

The student authors will speak to the audience about their award-winning books and, later, they will autograph copies for fans who bring copies with them to the event. 

Meet the authors.  See their work.
Bring a copy to the event for autograph.

The Authors

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Author's School

Jamily Valdivias



Taylor Mackey

Depression and Anxiety

Campbell Middle

Amanda Kappenman

The Story of Betsy Ross


Tyler Slade

Pete the Cat is Too Cool for a New Day


Natalia Batiz-Blanco

The Hedgehog and the Snail

Forest Hill

Griffin Gierke

The Playground (Top Secret Military Base)


Noah Hirsch

The Other Side

Marshall Lane

Emily Nguyen

Broken Hearted (poster)

Monroe Middle

Olivia Pocat

The Foul Ball

Rolling Hills Middle

Juanita Macias Ortega

$20 Stolen (for No Reason)


David Hernandez

Paradise (poster)

Sherman Oaks

Taylor Urquhart

My Name is Cumulus


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Support from our co-sponsors makes this event possible.

Special thanks to Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, Barnes & Noble – Stevens Creek, and School Innovations & Achievement.
VIDEO: 2016 event.  To become a co-sponsor, please email Marla Sanchez, or call 408-341-7254.