The Official Writing Challenge
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What an interesting approach--to frame the tribute in a valedictory speech! Clever!

In your opening phrase: Jada watched as he strutted... the pronoun "he" seems to refer to Jada, which is obviously not the case. An easy solution would be to use the proper name in place of "he" and use the pronoun once we know his name.

A minor thing that probably would only bother a picky-picky like me. Very sweet story.
Very well done!
I liked the title. I thought the story flowed nicely and good dialogue. Maybe the last line you could break into two sentences where you wrote and to give it more of an impact. good writing!
I loved how you frame this, but my favorite: the shoes. I like how you wove that throughout and then capped it with wearing his dad's shoes. Very touching.
Congratulations on your 2nd place. I really like the format of this--very creative. Nice job with the topic.