Standing at the front of a packed auditorium, junior high students and now book authors Alyssa Rossi and Iliana Reyes proudly read aloud to an audience of their peers. For Rossi and Reyes, the journey from grade-school student to author took only a few short years, thanks to a program presented annually by Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD). Called the “Write off” contest, the water district challenges local students to write and illustrate a book about a water-related ...

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