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Fall 2012 Winning Essays & Literary Gems

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The YES! National Student Writing Competition gives students the chance to write for a real audience and be published by an award-winning magazine. Each quarter, students have the opportunity to read and respond to a selected YES! Magazine article.

For Fall 2012, participants read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Living Large in a Tiny House," by Carol Estes, a story about Dee Williams downsizing from a three-bedroom bungalow to an 84-square-foot house. The writing prompt was: “If you had the choice, what size house would you live in? What are important features your house would have, and what would you intentionally avoid?”

Congratulations to our essay winners: Middle School—Rowan Treece; High School—Ritika Mazumder; College–Chris Harrell; and Powerful Voice—Paw Soe.

And, thank you to all writers who submitted essays.

Fall 2012 Powerful Voice Winner Paw Soe Fall 2012 Powerful Voice Winner Paw Soe
Paw Soe is a student at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Living Large in a Tiny House," by Carol Estes. Read Paw's essay about how her Burmese roots taught her that no matter the size of your home, an abundant garden is essential.
Dee Williams Response to Fall 2012 Essay Winners Dee Williams Response to Fall 2012 Essay Winners
Dee Williams, who downsized from a three-bedroom to an 84-square-foot house, responds to essay winners of the Fall 2012 writing competition.
Fall 2012 College Winner Chris Harrell Fall 2012 College Winner Chris Harrell
Chris Harrell is a student at Appalachian State University. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Living Large in a Tiny House" by Carol Estes. Read Chris's essay about how growing up in Kenya influenced his conscious choice to live intentionally here in the States.
Fall 2012 High School Winner Ritika Mazumder Fall 2012 High School Winner Ritika Mazumder
Ritika Mazumder is a student at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Living Large in a Tiny House," by Carol Estes. Read Ritika's essay about her desire to have a smaller home as long as she can spend time with the people she lives with.
Fall 2012 Literary Gems
Though not every participant can win the Fall 2012 writing contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Fall 2012 Winning Essays on Living Large in a Tiny House
The YES! National Student Writing Competition gives students the chance to write for a real audience and be published by an award-winning magazine. Each quarter, students have the opportunity to read and respond to a selected YES! Magazine article. For Fall 2012, participants read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Living Large in a Tiny House," by Carol Estes
Fall 2012 Middle School Winner Rowan Treece Fall 2012 Middle School Winner Rowan Treece
Rowan Treece is a student at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Living Large in a Tiny House" by Carol Estes. Read Rowan's essay about the sustainable dance community home she would build so she could live with her ballet sisters every day and save the planet.
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