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Spring 2011 Winning Essays & Literary Gems

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 will have the opportunity to read and respond to a selected YES! Magazine article.


For Spring 2011, participants read and responded to 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), and College/University—Tim Hefflinger (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC); and Powerful Voice—Bronson Afong (Blanche Pope Elementary, Waimanalo, HI). And thank you to all writers who submitted an essay. .

Middle School Winner Alex Gilliland Essay on "Blessings Revealed" Middle School Winner Alex Gilliland Essay on "Blessings Revealed"
by Alex Gilliland
Alex, our middle school winner, is a student at Aka'ula School in Molokai, Hawaii. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Blessings Revealed" by Puanani Burgess. Read Alex's essay on how she has the ability to see what others cannot.
High School Winner Kamron Yazdani Essay on "Blessings Revealed" High School Winner Kamron Yazdani Essay on "Blessings Revealed"
by Kamron Yazdani
Kamron, our high school winner, is a student with the Global Village School. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Blessings Revealed" by Puanani Burgess. Read Kamron's essay on the gift that isn't easy to see.
University Winner Tim Hefflinger Essay on "Blessings Revealed" University Winner Tim Hefflinger Essay on "Blessings Revealed"
by Tim Hefflinger
Tim, our university winner, is a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Blessings Revealed" by Puanani Burgess. Read Tim's essay on how he learned to voice his concerns.
Powerful Voice Winner Bronson Afong Essay on "Blessings Revealed" Powerful Voice Winner Bronson Afong Essay on "Blessings Revealed"
by Bronson Ho’omaikai Afong
Bronson, our Powerful Voice winner, is a student at Blanche Pope Elementary in Oahu, Hawaii. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Blessings Revealed" by Puanani Burgess. Read Bronson's essay on how his gifts help keep his Hawaiian culture alive.
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