Writing Competition

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.

"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.