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February 6, 2019
Srila Muthyala, a Coronado sophomore, won first place in the high school division of the El Paso PTSA Reflections contest’s literature category. To recognize this accomplishment, her International Baccalaureate (IB) Prep English II class hosted a ceremony in the school library on February 1st.
“It’s a celebration of original poetry and academics,” said Jan Bassett, Muthyala’s English II IB Prep teacher. During the event, Muthyala read her poem to the attendees, including Principal Marc Escareno, IB Coordinator Gilbert Andrews, IB Prep English II teacher Jan Bassett and her first period class, and PTSA President Jennifer Ehrlich. Muthyala and her parents were also presented with flowers.
Around 600,000 students participated, yet fewer than 3% of students’ entries continue to the state level. The Texas PTSA Reflections contest’s results will be announced on March 15th.
This year’s theme was Heroes Around Me, an idea which inspired Muthyala to write about the way her teachers have impacted her.
Muthyala’s award-winning poem, To Whom I’m Indebted To, can be read in full below:
Stubborn beyond all bounds
Refusal to learn, to grow, to thrive
But regardless a guiding hand transforms me
Morphs me into my better self
Not only by teaching,
But training me for the perils of life
And enlightening my mind
Filling it with positivity and hope
Too ignorant to realize
That I held the key
To open an unfathomable trove of luck
For having met such a mentor
Who would brush away
My thoughtless rebukes
And show me a path
To a proper future
A material but also moral success
Then, the realization
I truly am