I have always been an advocate of reading and writing. Since I was young, my Mom would force me to read Time Life books. Growing up, I learned to love reading and would spend hours past my bedtime just to finish a book. When I hit puberty, I discovered that I had a knack for writing.
Since I learned that I could express my emotions better when I write it down, I have been creating poems and essays whenever I can and whenever I need to. It has helped me survive the heartaches, heartbreaks, and disasters that have happened in my life.
When I received an invitation to cover HP's Write and Read Awarding Ceremony for the Top 10 students who made it out of 300, I did not hesitate to say yes. For me, this was a worthwhile event and I applaud HP for encouraging young minds to write and explore their creativity.
Seeing the faces of these young wordsmiths was truly a wonder. As the host mentioned, we could be looking at future writers and novelists.
These kids are the top 10 out of 300+ entries received by HP for their Write and Read contest. I read some of their short stories and I can honestly say that when I was their age, I could not have written the way they did. They were amazing. So, to give credit where credit is due, here are the top 3 student in the junior and senior division.
All winners received cash, a notebook, and their very own printer. I am envious. When I was young, I only got a medal. They get cash, notebooks, and printers. Le sigh. Lucky gals!
What makes the event more special is that Efren Penaflorida, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year, was there as the Write and Read Ambassador for HP and he was also one of the presenters of the award to these young ladies.
This is the thank you gift that we received from them. I love it! Thank you again.