Twelve students' short stories and poems, chosen from nearly 300 submissions, are to be read Saturday during the After School Art Program's Celebration of Young Writers 10th anniversary event in Washington.

Students aged 7 to 17 will be recognized at The Gunnery.

Students include Noelia Aguirre and Bridget Snyder of Shepaug Valley School in Washington, Katharine Dyer Benson and Carter Giese of Rumsey Hall in Washington, MaryKate Boggan of New Fairfield Middle School, Charlie Brodhead of Warren School, Eva Brown and Thomas Duncan of Woodbury Middle School, Sean Devine of Hellen Keller Middle School in Easton, Gwynne Dulaney of Westover School in Middlebury, Philip Przybyszewski of Danbury High School and Kendall Brooke of Searle RMT Johnson School in Bethel.

Celebrity readers actor and photographer Paul Doherty, actress and human rights advocate Mia Farrow, actor and pastor Jack Gilpin, public relations professional and ASAP board member Ellen McCourt, actor and writer Malachy McCourt, and poet and environmental activist Rose Styron will bring the words of the young writers alive.

More than 400 guests are expected to attend the event and benefit auction, set from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $75 for general admission, $125 for reserved seating, $500 for silver patron tickets, $1,000 for golden patron tickets and $5,000 for sponsors.

Tickets are available at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org or by calling 860-868-0740.