Talented Teens are now Published Authors

L to R: Serviam students Dyana Escobar, Ta’maja Opher, Briarra Barnes, and Paige Ponzo are honored as published authors and artists in IMAGINE. Not pictured: Maekiera Costanzo

It’s not every day that a middle school student can proclaim to be a published author or artist. But five students at Serviam Girls Academy are enjoying the rare privilege of having some of their written work published in the digital magazine IMAZINE.  

The annual teen literary and artistic magazine published by the Delaware Libraries recognizes middle school students whose writing is considered exceptional enough to be shared through the entire state-wide library system. The Serviam Students will be featured in the 2016 edition.

These talented young ladies were recognized at the recent release party held at the Bear Library, where Delaware’s Poets Laureate (“the Twin Poets”) Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills were the evening’s special guests.

Eighth graders Briarra Barnes and Paige Ponzo delighted the crowd with their literary works, while 6th grader Dyana Escobar beautifully recited her personal poem, accompanied by her own original artwork. In addition, 8th grader Ta’maja Opher and 6th grader Maekiera Costanzo were recognized for their published artwork.

Reminiscing about the evening, Barnes noted, “It was surreal. I’m one step closer to my dream.”

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