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inspired writingThe YES! Exemplary Essay Project demonstrates how teachers can use YES! Magazine stories as the basis for thought-provoking writing. It also gives students an opportunity to voice their opinions and show off their stellar writing.

Learn how to participate in the YES! Exemplary Essay Project.

Akaya Windwood Response to Winter 2013 Essay Winners Akaya Windwood Response to Winter 2013 Essay Winners
Akaya Windwood, president of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and author of "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," responds to essay winners of the Winter 2013 writing competition
Winter 2013 Middle School Winner Sumaiyah Mustaphalli Winter 2013 Middle School Winner Sumaiyah Mustaphalli
Sumaiyah Mustaphalli is a sixth-grade student of Blakeney Miller at Orlando Science Middle School in Orlando, Florida. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other?" by Akaya Windwood. Read Sumaiyah's essay about how the smile of the young grocery bagger gave her hope for her soon-to-be-born sibling.
Winter 2013 Powerful Voice Winner Reyna Flores Winter 2013 Powerful Voice Winner Reyna Flores
Reyna Flores is a student of Stephanie Agnew at West Valley City School in Spokane, Washington. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," by Akaya Windwood. Read Reyna's poem about a misunderstood young girl and a lonely old woman who find each other.
Winter 2013 College Winner Adam Dales Winter 2013 College Winner Adam Dales
Adam Dales is a United States Army Veteran and student at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He read and responded to YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," by Akaya Windwood. Read Adam's essay about how he was humbled by the kindness of someone he would normally ignore in a depressing area of town.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Spring 2012 College Winner Willis Reed Spring 2012 College Winner Willis Reed
by Willis Reed
Willis Reed is a student at Edmonds Community College and a member of the King County Explorer Search and Rescue. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Willis's essay about brotherhood forged around the dinner table.
Spring 2012 Middle School Winner Kate LeBlanc Spring 2012 Middle School Winner Kate LeBlanc
by Kate LeBlanc
Kate LeBlanc is a seventh grade student at Metro Montessori Middle School in Portland, Oregon. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Kate's essay about lessons learned at the table.
Spring 2012 Powerful Voice Winner Hanna Walker Spring 2012 Powerful Voice Winner Hanna Walker
by Hanna Walker
Hanna Walker is an eighth grade student at Cowles Montessori in Des Moines, Iowa. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Hanna's essay about how the dinner table brings together more than just people.
Spring 2012 High School Winner Clara Lincoln Spring 2012 High School Winner Clara Lincoln
by Clara Lincoln
Clara Lincoln is a high school student at Capital City Charter School in Washington, DC. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Clara's essay about the benefits of family dinners - no matter what form they take.
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