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District Celebrates 2017 Rising Young Authors

About 140 people attended an October 18th event to celebrate student authors at this 15th annual celebration of talented student writers.

Campbell Union School District's 12 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 spoke to the audience about how they came to write their award-winning entries. Their teachers, family and friends applauded their hard work, and the young authors acknoweldged the unfailing support from teachers and family members.  Following the awards presentations, the young authors signed copies of their books and posed for photos with their fans.

Meet the authors.  See their work.

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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


book and star

Support from our co-sponsors makes this event possible.

Special thanks to Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, Barnes & Noble – Stevens Creek, Munday & Collins AV, and School Innovations & Achievement.
VIDEO: 2016 event.   For details about the Rising Young Authors program or to become a co-sponsor, please email Marla Sanchez, or call 408-341-7254.