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Dear Educators,

Have you had a summer of cool breezes or of scorching heat? I hope your break from the classroom has renewed your energy and spirit because it’s time to trade your beach read for your school planner.

And, we have just the thing for your fall curriculum—the YES! National Student Writing Competition. Commit to participating in the competition this quarter, and read the inspiring essays from our spring winners!

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The YES! National Student Writing Competition is an opportunity for middle school through university students to write for a real audience (not just you, the teacher), and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine. Each quarter, students are invited to read and respond to a selected YES! Magazine article. If you want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level, then this is the competition for you!

Sheppard Family in front of tractor   ENTER OUR FALL 2011 WRITING COMPETITION

Include our writing competition in your fall curriculum. Have your students read and respond to Kate Sheppard’s YES! article, “Why My Dad’s Going Green.” For the first time, we will accept teacher essays, too.

Kate’s article is about how she, an environmentalist, found common ground with her father, a conservative farmer. Your students should write an essay of up to 700 words that answers the questions, “Has anyone close to you—a friend or family member—chosen to distance themselves from you or sever the relationship because of what you believe? What was the issue? How did you feel? Were you able to resolve it?”

READ “Why My Dad's Going Green.”
LEARN Competition details and how to sign up. The last day we will accept essays is November 23, 2011.

Puanani Burgess with tree in background   SPRING 2011 WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS

For Spring 2011, participants read and responded to the YES! article, “Blessings Revealed” by Puanani Burgess. Congratulations to our essay winners:
  • Middle School—Alex Gilliland (Aka’ula School, Molokai, HI);
  • High School—Kamron Yazdani (Global Village School, distance learning)
  • College/University—Tim Hefflinger (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC);
  • Special category, "Powerful Voice"—Bronson Afong (Blanche Pope Elementary, Waimanalo, HI).

  • A big thank you and thunderous applause to all writers who submitted an essay—especially because this was our first competition.

    READ “Blessings Revealed.”
    DISCOVER Spring 2011 winning essays.

    Portraits of four essay winners

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