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Read Leah's essay, "Fearless Future," about replacing worry with bravery that tells her that she can do it, whatever “it” may be.
Read Rechanne's essay in poetic form, "Doctor's Orders," about the impact that worry has on her and her family.
Read Noah's essay, "Blessing in Disguise," about how his dad's perseverance reminds him to be grateful and smile through any hardship and obstacle.
Read Melanie's essay, "The Stress of Safety Pins," about how a person's worries can define them, for better or for worse.
Read Carolina's essay, "To Be Determined," about how letting go of worry helped her deal with the effects of Vitiligo, an autoimmune disease affecting skin pigmentation.
Read Margaret's essay, "I'm Only 12," about replacing her worry with gratitude.
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Akaya Windwood responds to the winners of the Winter 2015 "Letting Go of Worry" essay competition.
Read Bowie's essay, "Combating the World Suck of Baseball Tryouts with Awesome," that tells how he was able to brave the excruciating world suck stress of baseball tryouts with the guidance of his coach, Mr. Gardner.
Read Ally's essay, "The Literal Heart Sustains an Ailing Body," that tells how she found the strength to cope with mental illness through the support of the same Nerdfighter online community.
Read Shannon's essay, "The Internet: A Beautiful Place to Be a Harbinger of Awesome," about the solace and awesome she found on the Internet as a queer trans Catholic kid, and her desire to spread that acceptance to younger people experiencing suckiness.
Read Tori's essay, "Anita and Tavi's New Curriculum," that reveals the unexamined misogyny of the Internet, and what we can do to fight against it.
We received many powerful essays for the Fall 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Christopher Zumski Finke responds to the winners of the Fall 2014 "Fault in Our Stars" essay competition.