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Competing against other North Texas students 14 years-old and younger, Sparsh Kamdar from Ruth Borchardt Elementary School and Vir Gandhi from McSpedden Elementary School in Frisco ISD were awarded runners-up in Explore Horizon’s 2019 Writers’ Award competition. Kamdar and Gandhi had to create a memorable story on the theme of A Chance to Change the World.

“Each year, students across DFW showcase their creative abilities for our contest, and each year we continue to be amazed by their stories,” said Tara Mills head of curriculum at Explore Horizons. “All of the winners did a great job addressing this year’s theme within their stories.”

North Texas children’s author Murray Richter, the author of Lucky Rocks, was this year’s judge.

“I can’t even begin to share how much fun I had being a part of Explore Horizon’s 2019 Writers’ Awards contest,” said Richter. “Each entry I read took a unique approach to the theme and displayed an incredible amount of creativity and talent. This contest is the perfect outlet to let children showcase their writing abilities.”

The Explore Horizons Writers’ Award is an annual competition open to all North Texas students 14 years-old and younger. The program challenges students to create an original story of up to 500 words using a selected theme.