Bailey Vinson from Firewheel Christian Academy Captures Top Honors in DFW Writing Competition

May 16, 2016

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From L to R: Tiffany Steele (Teacher), Bailey Vinson, Dr. Joy Bell (principal)

Firewheel Christian Academy is about to get a lot more books in their library, thanks to the creative writing ability of Bailey Vinson. The 12-year-old has won the 2016 Young Writers’ Awards organized by Explore Horizons. In addition to receiving a Kindle Fire HD, her school will receive $500 worth of books from Explore Horizons, the UK-based chain of enrichment and tutoring centers that has DFW locations in Colleyville, Garland, Plano, Fort Worth and Frisco with plans to expand into even more communities.

Competing with other North Texas students 14 years old and younger, Vinson had to create a memorable story on the theme of “The Mammoth Mash-up” to take the top prize. Runners-up in this year’s competition are Julian Campos from Watauga Middle School and Varuna Veluri from Skaggs Elementary.

“The response to our competition was incredible again this year and we are so proud of all the students who put their creativity to the test,” said Liz Wilson, head of curriculum at Explore Horizons. “All the winners did a fantastic job taking our celebrity judge on a journey through different worlds.”

Award-winning children’s author Lauren Child, “Charlie and Lola” and “Rudy Redfort.” was the celebrity judge this year.

“The entries this year really showed the wonderful and creative minds of North Texas students. It was delightful experiencing each and every adventure these young students put together,” said Child.

The Young Writers’ Awards is an annual competition hosted by Explore Horizons and is open to all North Texas students 14 years and younger. The program challenges students to create an original story of up to 500 words using a selected theme.

More information about Explore Horizons and their Young Writers’ Awards, is available here.

Whether you’re an educator and would like to find out how your school can participate in 2017 or you’re a parent wanting your child to have some extra practice with writing, reading, or math, just contact your nearest center and they will be happy to help!

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