It’s not only an annual tradition for the Southwest Orlando Bulletin, but it is also a TFA tradition to have our students submit their creative writing for their Stories of the Season competition.

This year, several pieces by our Royals were recognized, including the top story for the Child Category: Sixth-grader Gracyn Crescenti’s story A Christmas Luau earned the winning prize.

Read an excerpt from her story:

That night, as all the villagers gathered around a big Christmas feast, they all shared what they were thankful for. Kalani was thankful for her family, her new canoe and that the villagers had a delicious Christmas feast. She wished that feeling could last forever. She closed her eyes and imagined her grandma sitting next to her, singing a song of hope, peace and love. Hope, peace and love — that is what Christmas is really about.

In addition to Gracyn, the following Royals earned Honorable Mentions:

  • Christian Alemany, A Christmas Miracle
  • Kylie Lindstrom, The Boy Who Saved Christmas
  • Oscar Rodriguez, The Lost Wolf
  • Tristan Hill, The Christmas Tree
  • Presley Sorenson, The True Meaning of Christmas
  • Juliette Sioson, All You Need is a Little Christmas Spirit
  • Wyatt Hodges, Far From Home
  • Isabella Smith, The True Meaning of Christmas

Read all of the Royals’ stories online here or in the December 17 issue of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin.