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VATE proudly announces our ninth Literacy Explosion, a virtual language arts festival designed to celebrate and promote the integration of literacy and 21st century learning skills. The Literacy Explosion encourages and rewards Virginia students’ excellence in reading, writing, speaking, presenting, filming, drawing, and acting. Categories showcase students’ expression and expertise in their use of language, communication, and digital media: book covers, book trailers, digital posters, photo essays, podcasts, and videos . All Virginia students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in this opportunity to share their language arts talents and abilities.

Project Rubrics

2020 Winners

High School


1st Place – Eric L., Eli B., Danielle E., & Hannah R. 

2nd Place –  Dua U., Brooke B., Isaac G., & Shawn J.


1st Place –  Jahzara L., Shawn J., Adam R., Jonathan K., Alyssa W., & Abbygale B.

2nd Place – Alicia G., Analuisa F., Austin L., Alan E., Dua U,, & Yulisa S.

3rd Place –  Natalie H., Zion H., Omartae G., Jayden C., Zy’Adria M., & Zach H.


Middle School

Photo Essay

1st Place –  Juliette W.

Digital Poster

1st Place –  Cassidy T. & Naomi Z.

2nd Place –  Milton R.


1st Place –  Elika K.

2nd Place – Abby N., Martina R., Maggie B., & Maggie B.

3rd Place – Shyanne B

3rd Place – Benjamin J. & Samuel S.




Book Trailer

1st Place –  William L.

2nd Place – Mona R.

3rd Place – Evan L.

Book Cover

1st Place –  Gavin S.

2nd Place –  Maggie F.

3rd Place – Jada D. & Julia L.


1st Place –  Benjamin J. & Samuel S.