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Winter 2014 Winning Essays & Literary Gems

Winter 2014 Writing Competition Essay Winners read and responded to Dr. Edward Tick's YES! article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country."

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 Winter 2014, participants read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country." The writing prompt was: "Imagine what it's like to serve in a war. Write a letter to a veteran—fictitious or someone you know. Whether or not you agree with U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, how might you welcome this soldier home, and express your support for the transition this soldier faces as he or she returns to civilian life?"

Congratulations to our essay winners: Middle School—Karla Gomez; High School—Jim Xie; College—Blaine Stine; and Powerful Voice—Audrey Cameron, Cheyanne Smith, and Jay Hagstrom.

And, thank you to all writers who submitted essays.

Winter 2014 High School Winner Jim Xie Winter 2014 High School Winner Jim Xie
Jim Xie is a student at Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School in Markham, Ontario. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Jim's letter highlighting the unimaginable hardships of war and his gratitude towards veterans.
Winter 2014 College Winner Blaine Stine Winter 2014 College Winner Blaine Stine
Blaine Stine is a student at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Blaine's letter that uses the word "silence" to convey a powerful message to the soldier.
Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Audrey Cameron Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Audrey Cameron
Audrey Cameron is a student at The Peace and Justice Academy in Pasadena, California. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Audrey's letters that show her unconditional support for her friend.
Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Cheyanne Smith Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Cheyanne Smith
Cheyanne Smith is a student at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. she responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Soldier," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Cheyanne's letter that asks a soldier introspective questions about his journey as a soldier and veteran.
Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Jay Hagstrom Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Jay Hagstrom
Jay Hagstrom is a student at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country,” by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Jay’s letter to a fellow veteran about the difficulties of not feeling like a true veteran.
Winter 2014 Literary Gems Winter 2014 Literary Gems
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Dr. Edward Tick's Response to Winter 2014 Essay Winners Dr. Edward Tick's Response to Winter 2014 Essay Winners
Dr. Edward Tick, co-founder of Soldier's Heart and author of "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," responds to winners of the Winter 2014 essay competition.
Winter 2014 Middle School Winner Karla Gomez Winter 2014 Middle School Winner Karla Gomez
Karla Gomez is a student at ASTEC Middle School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Karla's letter that discusses ethnicity and the sense of belonging to a country.
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