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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.

Author Response to Spring 2012 Essay Winners Author Response to Spring 2012 Essay Winners
by Katherine Gustafson
Katherine Gustafson, author of YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With," responds to the winners of the Spring 2012 writing competition.
Winter 2012 Powerful Voice Winner Lisa Schwartz Winter 2012 Powerful Voice Winner Lisa Schwartz
by Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz is a high school student at Presentation Academy in Louisville, KY. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "What's the Harm in Hunting" by Alyssa Johnson. Read Lisa's essay about changing her opinions on hunting.
Winter 2012 High School Winner Johnny Bobo Winter 2012 High School Winner Johnny Bobo
by Johnny Bobo
Johnny Bobo is a student at Federal Hocking High School in Guysville, OH. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "What's the Harm in Hunting" by Alyssa Johnson. Read Johnny's essay about responsible hunting.
Winter 2012 Middle School Winner Stro Hastings Winter 2012 Middle School Winner Stro Hastings
by Stro Hastings
Stro Hastings is a middle school student at Mountain Sun Community School in Brevard, NC. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "What's the Harm in Hunting" by Alyssa Johnson. Read Stro's essay about hunting fair.
Author Response to Winter 2012 Essay Winners Author Response to Winter 2012 Essay Winners
Alyssa Johnson responds to the winners of the Winter 2012 YES! National Student Writing Competition.
Winter 2012 College Winner Jenny Courtney Winter 2012 College Winner Jenny Courtney
by Jenny Courtney
Jenny Courtney is a student at American River College in Sacramento, CA. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "What's the Harm in Hunting" by Alyssa Johnson. Read Jenny's essay about meat production and hunting.
Winter 2012 Writing Competition Winners Winter 2012 Writing Competition Winners
Winning Essays from the YES! National Student Writing Competition Winter 2012, "Is hunting moral?"
Author Response to Fall 2011 Writing Competition Winners Author Response to Fall 2011 Writing Competition Winners
by Kate Sheppard
Kate Sheppard, author of, "Why My Dad's Going Green," responds to the winning essays of the Fall 2011 writing competition.
Middle School Winner Haley Coe Essay on "Why My Dad's Going Green" Middle School Winner Haley Coe Essay on "Why My Dad's Going Green"
by Haley Coe
Haley Coe is a homeschool student with Oak Meadow School. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Why My Dad's Going Green" by Kate Sheppard. Read Haley's essay about friendship despite disagreement.
College Winner Cherese Smith Essay on "Why My Dad's Going Green" College Winner Cherese Smith Essay on "Why My Dad's Going Green"
by Cherese Smith
Cherese Smith is a student at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Washington, just north of Seattle. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Why My Dad's Going Green," by Kate Sheppard. Read Cherese's essay about trying to understand her grandmother's prejudice against Hispanic people.
Powerful Voice Winner Wesely Mikiska Essay on "Why My Dad's Going Green" Powerful Voice Winner Wesely Mikiska Essay on "Why My Dad's Going Green"
by Wesely Mikiska
Wesely Mikiska is a student at Appalachian State University. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Why My Dad's Going Green," by Kate Sheppard. Read Wesely's essay about the value of compromise.
Powerful Voice Winner Lourdes Escobar Essay on "Why My Dad's Going Green" Powerful Voice Winner Lourdes Escobar Essay on "Why My Dad's Going Green"
by Lourdes Escobar
Lourdes Escobar is a sixth grade student at John Muir Middle School, a Los Angeles Unified school operated in conjunction with the nonprofit LA's Promise. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Why My Dad's Going Green," by Kate Sheppard. Read Lourdes' essay about her struggle with the choices her father has made.
Fall 2011 Writing Competition Literary Gems Fall 2011 Writing Competition Literary Gems
Exceptional excerpts from essays submitted to the Fall 2011 YES! National Student Writing Competition
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.
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.
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