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Celebrating Student Writing

 

inspired writingThe YES! National Student Writing Competition 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 exemplary writing.

Each quarter, students will have the opportunity to read and respond to designated YES! Magazine articles, using the same writing prompt to write a 700-word essay. One essay per age category is selected by YES! for being the most well-written and compelling, and for capturing the spirit of the article.  Read these model essays—some from the former YES! Exemplary Essay Project— in addition to responses from the articles' authors.

Learn how you and your students can participate in the YES! National Student Writing Competition.

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.
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.
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.
Exemplary Essay on "Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism" Exemplary Essay on "Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism"
by Bradley Stone
Bradley Stone, a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism" by John Perkins. Read Bradley's essay on who he thinks are the real terrorists.
Exemplary Essay on "Words Matter: How Media Can Build Civility or Destroy It" Exemplary Essay on "Words Matter: How Media Can Build Civility or Destroy It"
by Jana Lockie
Jana Lockie, a student at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Words Matter: How Media Can Build Civility or Destroy It," by Sarah van Gelder and Brooke Jarvis. Read Jana's essay on how both the media and the public should be responsible for respectful debate.
Exemplary Essay on "Life's Best Lessons Are Outside the Classroom" Exemplary Essay on "Life's Best Lessons Are Outside the Classroom"
by Peter Hasle
Peter Hasle, a student at Shoreline Community College in north Seattle, Washington, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Life's Best Lessons are Outside the Classroom" by Daniel Fireside. Read Peter's essay on how he took back his education.
Nathan Christensen Essay on “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country” Nathan Christensen Essay on “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country”
by Nathan Christensen
Nathan Christensen, a student at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country" by Edward Tick. Read Nathan's essay on how he alleviated his conflict with soldiers.
Royce Baker Essay on “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country” Royce Baker Essay on “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country”
by Royce Baker
Royce Baker, a student at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country" by Edward Tick. Read Royce's essay on why he doesn't support war, but does support the soldier.
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