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Writing Contest Winners Spring 2022

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Four times a year, we ask our readers to write about the impact recent stories have had on teens around the country. In Spring 2022, we had a range of responses from writers connecting to stories about family income, race, and fitting in. Congratulations to our winners and be sure to apply for our next contest […]

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Should I Go to College or Make Money?

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After hearing my name announced on YouTube as a graduate of the class of 2020, I felt relieved. I shut my laptop and threw my black cap toward my bedroom ceiling. Later on, my family had a small party with graduation balloons and sandwiches. There was also a chocolate ice cream cake with blue frosting. […]

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My Test Score Didn’t Show What I Could Achieve

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The snow was piling up outside the school window, almost as fast as the anxiety building up in my stomach. After what seemed like hours of waiting, I was called down to the guidance counselor’s office to receive my results for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). Brooklyn Technical High School, one of New […]

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When I Lived in a Shelter, I Still Kept My Head Held High

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Some names have been changed. In 2016, I felt like my world was collapsing. My two aunts died, and then my grandmother. This made me afraid that I’d lose my mother and twin brother, too, and be put in the foster care system. Then, in the midst of all that death, my mother, twin brother, […]

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