Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.
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Xpressions, is a monthly showcase for the art, writing and photography of students through the 12th grade. Xpressions appears the last Monday of each month; occasionally we publish an extra issue when response to a theme warrants it.

Authorized disclosures
This month's theme, I AM, gave young writers a chance to reveal thoughts and feelings often beneath the surface. (October 24, 2005)

Sensation filtered through memory
This month's Xpressions will delight you with beautiful images, imagery and imagination. Feel the silent breeze from the Tuscan hills. Hear the be-bops of jazz that swelled in the streets. See the midnight sky, melting into violet. (September 26, 2005)

Summer shadings and sparkles
From stark black and white to vibrant color, we hope you enjoy this month's offerings. (August 29, 2005)

Musings and imaginings
Inspiration for this month's open-themed Xpressions came from many places. Students used the work of artists, authors or what swirled in their own imaginations with wonderful results. (July 25, 2005)

Shedding light on shadows
It is your inner soul, your constant companion, your best friend. These young writers and artists found beauty, mystery and darkness in the shadows. For Kelsey Orr, 10, a fourth-grader at Curtis Fundamental Elementary School in Clearwater, "A shadow is a picture of you colored in only black. It grabs your ankles and tags along the ground behind your very back." (April 25, 2005)

The color purple
The color of royalty. Elizabeth Taylor's eyes (ask your parents who she is). The best soda pop you ever had. Purple is all those things but also the subject of this month's Xpressions. Read below to discover the variations on this purple theme. (March 28, 2005)

High school students put creativity on display
Creative energy flows from the pens, pencils, paintbrushes and cameras of Tampa Bay area high school students, who are the focus of this month's Xpressions. Find the little angel, the commander battling for the Great American Novel and the broken image of a perfect daughter. (Feb. 28, 2005)

Open to imagination
This month's open theme yielded strong imagery in words and art. Find the seals barking on the docks, the chuckling stream and the many fluorescent eyes of the scallops. And if you would like to see your work published in Xpressions, please follow the instructions below. (Jan. 31, 2005)

You never know what you'll find
Today's open theme contains a multitude of hidden gems. Find the fox concealed in the bushes, the ant dreaming about a giant picnic, and the jeans jacket with punk rock patches. (Dec. 27, 2005)

Warm memories of thoughtful places
This month's topic prompted students to think about when they were young in . . . We were astounded by the wealth of experiences these young people have had in their lives. Search for the snow angels, poignant moments at Ground Zero and the simple life in Mexico.

Ballots for some favorite public figures
If bay area students could vote in the election, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry might not be the candidates of choice. The largest number of votes probably would go to historical figures, such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. (Oct. 25, 2004)

Bad habits make for good art
With more than 350 entries, bay area students certainly appear to have a lot of bad habits. In fact, students cited 30 different habits that they wish they could stop. By far, nail biting was the most common, but others included procrastinating, cracking knuckles, twirling hair and humming. While the habits are bad, the writing and art were wonderful. (Sept. 27, 2004)

Summertime samplings
Today's Xpressions marks the end of summertime offerings from students throughout the bay area. (August. 30, 2004)

Color visions
Today's Xpressions features five vibrant acrylic paintings from talented students in Jane Wertanen's art class at St. Petersburg Catholic High School. (July 26, 2004)

2003 -- 04

This summer our Xpressions mailbox is overflowing with good writing, art and photographs. Take part in the open theme treasure hunt. Find a piece of gold, some white fluff and a princess of hair braiding. (June 28, 2004)

Possessions worth cherishing
Today's page features prized possessions that range from a necklace made of teeth to a beloved stuffed mouse named Ebenezer. See if you can find the angel wearing a white silk dress, the magical red hat, a cross made from railroad nails and copper wire, and more. (May 31, 2004)

Journeys of the imagination
Discovered friendship, a doctor's hands and a monstrous Misty Grouper are just three of the subjects you will find in today's open-themed Xpressions. Read on to find snow in Vietnam, ravens casting a shadow across the sky and worms, worms, worms. You will also find some more quiet poetry and prose from March's Silence theme. (April 26, 2004)

Listening to the quiet
This month's theme of silence provoked an avalanche of art and writing that was anything but quiet. (March 29, 2004)

The perfect place
In January, Tampa Bay area students shared their favorite places. But our pages couldn't hold all the entries. So now we are publishing more favorite places for you to enjoy. Take a trip to the ocean floor, relax by yourself in the park or scoot along the ice at a hockey rink. (March 15, 2004)

Xpressions: The face of creativity
We left February's Xpressions theme up to you, and once again, you have dazzled us with your art, photos and inspirational poetry. (February 23, 2004)

A few of our favorite places
From the top of the tallest tree to the bottom of the Long Center's pool, young writers, artists and photographers regaled us with their descriptions of their favorite places. Our pages couldn't hold them all, though, so more Favorite Places will be published in Xpressions later. (January 26, 2004)

Xpressions: Dreams and imagination soar
In this month's open theme, students dream of reaching the high notes like Louis Armstrong; dream of not being judged; or just dream. (December 29, 2003)

Friends forever
In September we were bow-wowed over by the number of submissions for that month's theme, "How are my pet and I similar?" (December 8, 2003)

Exploring the depths of personality
We learned a lot about the personalities of Tampa Bay area students through this month's Xpressions theme, "I Am." (November 24, 2003)

Drawing out the artist within
This month we left the theme for Xpressions up to you, and we were not disappointed. (October 27, 2003)

Pets are people too, or so you'd think!
Wow! Xpressions was certainly not barking up the wrong tree with this month's theme. (September 29, 2003)

Getting it down on paper
This month's Xpressions fairly leaps off the page with its vibrant art and dazzling imagery. Find the deep ocean stream, endless to a place beyond places. Feel the pressure of the basketball star shooting to win the game. Hear the long deep ring of a clock tower echoing through the town. (August 18, 2003)

2002 -- 03
Pen, ink and inspiration (July 21, 2003)
Disabilities - with a focus on abilities (June 30, 2003)
Creativity takes shape (June 16, 2003)
Shades of meaning (May 26, 2003)
They've got game (April 28, 2003)
From tears to peers (March 31, 2003)
Riding a creative wave (March 24, 2003)
Words and pictures . . . and ideas (February 24, 2003)
When heroes and hearts fall (February 17, 2003)
Water, water, everywhere (January 27, 2003)
Birds of a Feather (December 30, 2002)
Middle school marvels (November 25, 2002)
If our year were a poem, this is its third stanza (October 28, 2002)
A better place (September 30, 2002)
Summer as it sets (August 26, 2002)

2001 -- 02
The freedom of summer (July 29, 2002)
The shivery world below (June 24, 2002)
Long, long ago… (May 27, 2002)
Here's to hope (April 29, 2002)
The many colors of being me (March 25, 2002)
Introducing... me (Feb. 25, 2002)
Beautiful Yarns (Jan. 28, 2002)
A few of our favorite things (Dec. 24, 2001)
A bit of this and that (Nov. 26, 2001)
Halloween Haiboo (Oct. 29, 2001)
The day the world fell down (September 24, 2001)
Images in light and dark (August 27, 2001)

2000 -- 01
Here comes the sun (July 30, 2001)
Variations on a theme (June 25, 2001)
I couldn't live without . . . (May 28, 2001)
Middle school magic (April 30, 2001)
A vision of high school artists (March 26, 2001)
Horseplay (Feb. 26, 2001)
Who are You? (Jan. 29, 2001)
What I am most thankful for is . . . (Nov. 27, 2000)
The best present I ever gave (Dec 25, 2000)

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