Parman teen wins 1st place!


The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) has announced nine winners from among 175 entries across 40 schools throughout Bexar County for its third annual fiction writing contest. Young writers from grades 7 to 12 were asked to showcase their creativity and storytelling abilities on the theme of “Not All Heroes Wear Capes.”

First place winners receive an array of prizes. In addition to a cash prize of $250 for themselves and $500 for their schools, they get their story published in the Texas Cavaliers program and ride in the Cavaliers float in the River Parade. Whataburger also provides meals for one year to the first place winners. The three winning students were surprised today in their classrooms with balloons and cookies by Texas Cavaliers and the San Antonio Book Festival Fiction Contest Committee.

First place winner for the 11th/12th grade division is none other than Parman’s own, Niraja Surendran! Niraja is in 11th grade at Ronald Reagan High School. She has been volunteering at the Parman branch since December 2014. This past school year she has submitted numerous book reviews to this blog and has created several book displays for the teen area.We are very proud of Niraja and couldn’t resist this bragging post.

If you would like to read her winning short story, click here: Bear by Niraja

Here’s the SA Express article: Future best-selling author?



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