“Excellent!” Remembering the 2012 inaugural ceremony


Remembering the inaugural Young Authors of AZ state ceremony
Young authors pose after the YAA's inaugural awards ceremony on April 14, 2012. RSVP to this year's ceremony by filing out the 2013 AZ Scholastic Writing Ceremony RSVP form on the right-hand column of this page.

Young authors Vivian Quijada, Jacky Montoya, Kali Kopke-Romero, and Jeannine Robiso pose after the inaugural awards ceremony on April 14, 2012.

April 14, 2012-About 200 mentors, family members, and award winners gathered to celebrate the Young Authors’ inaugural awards ceremony at Coronado High School in Scottsdale.

After a welcome, attendees laughed through the “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Young Authors of Arizona Adventure” YAA YouTube video, then Valley poets and Phonetic Spit co-founders Tomas Stanton and Myrlin Hepworth wowed the crowd.

But it was the young authors’ night.

Honorees soon started receiving their Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and Gold Key awards. More important than certificates, friends and families and mentors took pride witnessing honorees ascend the stage as emerging voices. A cacophony erupted, one fine moment, when a family’s smiling toddler, energetic little brother, doting parents, and proud-eyed grandparents all clapped to honor their own. Many families enjoyed such moments.

The ceremony came to a crescendo when Gold Key winners Julia Bizon, Sabrina Ramirez, Priscilla Beck, Madelyn McCaleb, Paulina Jenney, and Haley Lee performed segments of their writing. Amid all the gold tinsel, authors’ words made the biggest statement. All left to do was eat cake and make friends.

The night closed with posed pictures and pinched cheeks and friends made before  “Good night.”

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