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2015-2016 Steinbeck Young Authors Program
Day of Writing Award Recipients

Jody Award
The Jody Award represents the proficient and advanced writers who are good or strong writers who write consistently clear, coherent and focused essays.

FIRST PLACE
7th Grade:
Devin Ellis, San Benancio Middle School (Read essay)
Jonah Thomas, San Benancio Middle School (Read essay)
8th Grade:
Nathaniel Smith, Chalone Peaks Middle School (Read essay)

SECOND PLACE
6th Grade:
Jennifer Zavala, Vista Verde Middle School (Read essay)
7th Grade:
Jacqueline Ramos, Vista Verde Middle School (Read essay)
8th Grade:
Alison Wagner, Chalone Peaks Middle School (Read essay)
Isabel Garcia, Vista Verde Middle School (Read essay)

THIRD PLACE
7th Grade:
Kate Popky, All Saints’ Day School (Read essay)
Jewel Thomas, San Benancio Middle School (Read essay)
8th Grade:
Lesley Mireles, Vista Verde Middle School (Read essay)

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Gabilan Award
The Gabilan Award is for emerging writers who are still developing their skills and making progress toward proficiency.

FIRST PLACE
7th Grade:
Luis Tena, La Paz Middle School (Read essay)
8th Grade:
Evelyne Morales, Vista Verde Middle School (Read essay)

SECOND PLACE
7th Grade:
Esmeralda Macias, La Paz Middle School (Read essay)
8th Grade:
Katelyn Higareda, Bolsa Knolls Middle School (Read essay)

THIRD PLACE
7th Grade:
Alexander Moreno, Washington Middle School (Read essay)

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Billy Buck Award
The Billy Buck Award is for English Learners. English Language Learners are defined as students who do not speak English as their first language and are making progress towards proficiency in English.

SECOND PLACE
6th Grade:
Alina Ramirez, Vista Verde Middle School (Read essay)
7th Grade:
Esmeralda Macias, La Paz Middle School (Read essay)
8th Grade:
Daniela Rodriguez Ruiz, Vista Verde Middle School (Read essay)

THIRD PLACE
8th Grade:
Yadhira Linares, Bolsa Knolls Middle School (Read essay)

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Judges Award
Each year the judges find essays that demonstrate a particular creativity that does not reflect any of the categories. The essay might take a unique point of view or be particularly descriptive in the use of language. The judges have established these awards to recognize the special creativity of some of our young writers.

JODY CATEGORY
Judge’s Award for Interpretation and Integration of Source Material
7th Grade:
Caeli Tani, Good Shepard Middle School (Read essay)

Judge’s Award for Creativity in Analysis
7th Grade:
Brandon Morquecho, Vista Verde Middle School (Read essay)

GABILAN CATEGORY
Judges’ Award for Creative Expression and Sophisticated Use of Language
7th Grade:
Marytere Gutierrez, La Paz Middle School (Read essay)

Judges Award for Courage to Write a Personal Story
7th Grade:
Izaiah Isaac, Washington Middle School (Read essay)
8th Grade:
Jennifer Lopez, Bolsa Knolls Middle School (Read essay)

BILLY BUCK CATEGORY
Judges’ Award for Connecting the Story to Self
7th Grade:
Elizabeth Martinez, La Paz Middle School (Read essay)

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