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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.

Fall 2014 Middle School Winner Bowie Shreiber Fall 2014 Middle School Winner Bowie Shreiber
Bowie Shreiber is a student at Readington Middle School in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Bowie's essay that tells how he was able to brave the excruciating world suck stress of baseball tryouts and find awesome.
Fall 2014 High School Winner Ally S. Fall 2014 High School Winner Ally S.
Ally S. is a student at a high school in northern Virginia. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Ally's essay that tells how she found the strength to cope with mental illness through the support of the same Nerdfighter online community.
Fall 2014 College Winner Shannon Hickey Fall 2014 College Winner Shannon Hickey
Shannon Hickey, a student at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Shannon's essay 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.
Fall 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Tori Gardner Fall 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Tori Gardner
Tori Gardner is a student at Shawnee Mission Horizons High School in Mission, Kansas. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "The Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Tori's essay that reveals the unexamined misogyny of the Internet, and what we can do to fight against it.
Christopher Zumski Finke's Response to Fall 2014 Essay Winners Christopher Zumski Finke's Response to Fall 2014 Essay Winners
Christopher Zumski Finke responds to the winners of the Spring 2014 essay competition.
Fall 2014 Literary Gems Fall 2014 Literary Gems
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.
YES! National Student Writing Competition YES! National Student Writing Competition
Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
Fania Davis' Response to Spring 2014 Essay Winners Fania Davis' Response to Spring 2014 Essay Winners
Fania Davis, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, responds to the winners of the Spring 2014 essay competition.
Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Sohee Lee Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Sohee Lee
Sohee Lee is a student at A.K. Academics. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Sohee's essay that brings topics like ethnicity and self-confidence into the conversation of discipline and dignity.
Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Kayla Rice Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Kayla Rice
Kayla Rice is a student at the Peace and Justice Academy in Pasadena, California. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Kayla's essay that provides an example of a situation that failed to properly use restorative justice and why that was harmful.
Spring 2014 College Winner Matt Flagg Spring 2014 College Winner Matt Flagg
Matt Flagg is a student at Cascadia Community College at Bothell, Washington. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Matt's essay about the injustices a childhood friend endured and why he felt students didn't stand up for him.
Spring 2014 High School Winner Simone Phillips Spring 2014 High School Winner Simone Phillips
Simone Phillps is an incoming freshman at Fordham University in New York City, NY. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Simone's essay that illustrates the unnecessary hardships caused by the injustice of the punitive system.
Spring 2014 Middle School Winner Reagan Elliff Spring 2014 Middle School Winner Reagan Elliff
Reagan Elliff is a student at the Wildflower Open Classroom in Chico, California. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Reagan's essay about how her karate skills helped her classmate get the support he needed.
Spring 2014 Literary Gems Spring 2014 Literary Gems
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 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.
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