VATE proudly hosted Literacy Explosion 2018 in March, our seventh annual event. This year, we hosted the event virtually. Judges from around the state met and reviewed students’ entries. The 2018 Literacy Explosion first-place winners are, by category: High School Book Cover: Charles W. Book Trailer: Gabriella J. Scene It: Makaia R. Middle School Book Cover: Tomas D. Book Trailer: Raegan C. and Lally N. Photo Essay: Liam M. Podcast: Nick S.