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A Writing Record
Marian Rosse & Moira Burgy

How it began…

The iWRITE nonprofit organization “aims to build writing confidence for students in grades 3-12 through fun writing and publishing programs designed by real authors.” iWRITE and The Bryan Museum have partnered with New York Times bestselling author and illustrator team, Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos, to break the Guinness World Record title for the largest published book in the world called I Am Texas! 

To break the record, a book over seven feet tall must be created, and 1000 Texas students had the chance to be featured! Their work will not only be published in the large book, it will also become a part of Meltzer and Eliopoulos’ Ordinary People Change the World series. To top it all off, winners will also have the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the annual book signing event this fall!

How it ended…

Well, AOS certainly knows how to represent! Over 100 pieces of our students’ work were selected to be part of the 1000 pieces that will be showcased in this book. We’ve heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what happens when thousands of students from across the great state of Texas band together with not only pictures but also stories and poems in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record and become part of history?

Marian Rosse’s 5th-grade English classes and T2 7th-grade LitMag enrichment students participated in this exciting contest. Amy Bento had her students submit as well, which was a great way to round out the study of Texas History in 4th grade. Moira Burgy helped facilitate the parent permission forms and worked with some students as they finalized their work before submitting. Meredith Wise jumped in to crop the artwork as was required for publication and offer art supplies to students who were submitting art pieces.  

Hard work pays off! Some of the students whose work was not selected for this contest were chosen to have their Texas-themed stories, poems, or artwork in the AOS 2022 Caught in the Pages Literary Magazine. 

The following AOS winners will be published inside the seven-foot book in the categories of short story, poetry, and art!

*The following winning artists are featured in the accompanying image: Charlie G., Sophia P., and Ava W. (first column); Mary (MP) S., Nadia T., and Oliva A. (second column).
 

4th Grade
Sebastian B.
The Voyage of the USS Texas, STORY
 
Kate B.
The Ship, STORY
 
Bronwynn B.
Wrecked, STORY
 
Emma B.
Texas is a Strange New Place, STORY
 
Alice C.
Falling, STORY
 
Milana C.
The Fish That Left the River, STORY
 
Nicolas C.
Open Land, STORY
 
Harper E.
The Idea That Changed Texas, STORY
 
Zaden E.
The Journey in Texas, STORY
 
Avi F.
The Discovery of Oil, STORY
 
Cade G.
In Your Paradise, STORY
 
Bryan G.
The Story of Josh and Rafi, STORY
 
Harper H.
Lipan Apache Trouble, STORY
 
Colton H.
Tornado vs Storm Chaser, STORY
 
Zachary K.
The Lipan Apache and the Comanche, STORY
 
Pierce M.
Lost, STORY
 
Esha M.
Change, STORY
 
Aarvi M.
Hurricane Harvey, STORY
 
Joshua M.
Emergency Landing, STORY
 
Charlie M.
The True Story of the Alamo, STORY
 
Cece M.
I Am Texas, STORY
 
Patricio M.
The Way of Expeditions, STORY
 
Zahra P.
The Golden Adventure, STORY
 
Shay P.
The Museum Mystery, STORY
 
Emily R.
Liberty’s Flight, STORY
 
Maria R.
Independence, STORY
 
Stella R.
Texas, the Place Where My Heart Lives, STORY
 
Stella Jane R.
An Adventure of Houston, STORY
 
Jackson R.
Hervy, STORY
 
Colette R.
Miss You Texas, STORY
 
Madeline S.
Ayana’s Story, STORY
 
Alyssa S.
Time Machine In Texas, STORY
 
Isabella S.
What Happened, STORY
 
Erik S.
Global Warning, STORY
 
August T.
Marco and His Escape from the Alamo, STORY
 
Maxwell W.
The Landings, STORY
 
Everett Y.
I Am Texas, STORY
 
Connie H.
The Truth, POEM

5th Grade
Anna A.
My Story of Texas, STORY
 
Julia C.
Ava’s Story, STORY
 
Meg D.
What a Mighty State, STORY
 
Blake D.
I Am Marley, STORY
 
Anne Cullen F.
Straight Down Texas Road, STORY
 
Zara C. E.
Breathe and Stretch Free, POEM
 
Kiki G.
Moving, STORY
 
Ben F.
Left in Texas, STORY
 
Evelyn M. G.
One Texas, STORY
 
Charlie G.
A Texas Trail Mix, ART
 
Owen Miles U.
Why Texas is Loved, POEM
 
Hannah T.
Starry Night, POEM
 
Marcus S.
Home, POEM
 
Peter S.
This Gracious Land, POEM
 
Nadia T.
The Texas Basics, ART
 
Quinn S.
Texas, POEM
 
Mary P. S.
Bluebells and Longhorns, ART
 
Grace V.
The Day the Teepee Fell, STORY
 
Zola Maryn R.
My Home Texas, POEM 
 
Lidia R.
Barn Ballerina, STORY
 
Payton P.
The Most Haunted Hospital in Texas, STORY
 
Judson M.
First Summer in Texas, STORY
 
Cooper M.
A Man of Music, STORY
 
Derrick W. M.
New Life, STORY
 
Aidan M.
A Travel Back in Time, STORY
 
Ava May W.
Canoeing in Big Bend, ART
 
Abigail A.
Texas is Special, POEM
 
Emery A.
Old Eyed Mockingbird, POEM
 
Nailah B.
Texas Sights, POEM 
 
Robert B.
Traveling Time, POEM
 
Olivia C.
What Makes Texas, POEM
 
Elyse K.
Find Me in The Lone Star State, POEM
 
Sadie L.
The Melting Pot, POEM
 
Grace M.
Cactus My Cactus, POEM
 
Carolina M.
Family Ties, STORY
 
Caroline L.
Welcome to Texas, STORY
 
Aydin M.
The Clash at the Alamo, POEM
 
Azaire M.
Texas, POEM
 
Elliot J.
What I Love About Texas, STORY
 
Clara McLean J.
In the Beginning, STORY
 
Jonathan L.
Lone Star State, POEM
 
Natasha G.
The One and Only Texas, POEM
 
Anderson C.
My Texas Story, STORY
 
Grant B.
Time Travel in Texas, STORY
 
Russell B.
The Commander of Time Travel, STORY
 
Lexie F.
Where I’m From, POEM
 
Carolina C.
A Night in Texas, ART
 
Fares D.
Cowboys, BBQ, and Rodeos, POEM
 
Olivia C.
What Makes Texas, POEM
 
Olivia A.
Berries and a Mockingbird, ART
 
Ellen B.
Why We Praise, POEM
 
Dashiell B.
The Hawk, POEM
 
Camila B.
Bluebonnets, POEM
 
Edie B.
Castaway, STORY
 
Nicolas E.
Texas’s Shape, POEM
 
Costas P.
Texas Our State, POEM
 
Sophia P.
A True Texan, ART
 
Evan P.
Texas, My Forever Home, POEM
 
Max P.
Texas – You’ve Seen It All, POEM
 
7th Grade
Maher D.
Stuck in the Past, STORY
 
Alex E.
Six Flags, One Republic, One State, One Star, Twenty-Nine Million People, STORY
 
Carlo N.
#1 Best, POEM
 
Caroline O.
Born and Raised, POEM
 
Hunter R.
Texas is Texas, POEM
 
Ralph S.
Screaming Glory’s Name, POEM

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