Writing Competition

Celebrating Student Writing

 

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.

"The Ethics of Hunting" 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.
Author Response to "The Ethics of Hunting" Essay Winners
by Alyssa Johnson
Alyssa Johnson responds to the winners of the Winter 2012 YES! National Student Writing Competition.
"The Ethics of Hunting" 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.
"The Ethics of Hunting" 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.
"The Ethics of Hunting" 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.
"Bridging Differences" Writing Competition Literary Gems
by Jing Fong
Exceptional excerpts from essays submitted to the Fall 2011 YES! National Student Writing Competition
Author Response to "Bridging Differences" Essay 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.
"Bridging Differences" College Winner Cherese Smith
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.
"Bridging Differences" Powerful Voice Winner Wesely Mikiska
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.
"Bridging Differences" Powerful Voice Winner Lourdes Escobar
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.
"Bridging Differences" Middle School Winner Haley Coe
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.
"Your Unique Gifts" Powerful Voice Winner Bronson Afong
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.
"Your Unique Gifts" College Winner Tim Hefflinger
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.
"Your Unique Gifts" High School Winner Kamron Yazdani
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.
"Your Unique Gifts" Middle School Winner Alex Gilliland
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.