Two Mesa Verde Middle School students were recognized for their artwork at the 2017 Read-Imagine-Create awards ceremony in April. In the annual program, participating students read works of Emily Dickinson’s, re-imagine images and themes from the literature, and create a project in an artistic medium that is meaningful to them. This year there were nearly 400 submissions in three categories from 14 San Diego middle and high schools. Mesa Verde’s Dan Lavigne won third place in the Visual Arts category for his mixed media sculpture based on Dickinson’s poem CXIII. Caitlin Hauw received a special recognition award for her pastel drawing with hidden elements only seen in black light, inspired by Dickinson’s poem LXII.

Read-Imagine-Create is presented by Write Out Loud, an organization with a commitment to inspire, challenge, and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience. Discover more at