Dailey Middle School 6th grade student Kimberley Rodriguez is a winner of the Texas Teen Book Festival essay contest. This year’s theme is “We Need More Diverse Books.” The contest was open to 11 through 18-year-olds across Texas.

As a winner, Rodriguez earned exclusive virtual one-on-one interaction with Nic Stone, author of Dear Justyce, a New York Times Bestseller. In addition to the special access to the virtual festival, she will also receive copies of newly published young adult books.

Teacher Brittany White encouraged her students to submit narratives from class to the contest. Rodriguez wrote about imagining a world with no justice. “Like mismatched socks, the world is filled with different people, and we should all be cherished, not despised for those unique features. Now I ask the question, what does justice mean to you?” she shared in her submission.

“Kimberley put in countless hours working with me during morning tutorials and lunch to craft a thought-provoking essay about what justice means to her,” said English Language Arts teacher Brittany White, “I could not be prouder of this student for her tenacity and self-motivation to meet the tight deadline expectations.”

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