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Writing an Essay

Essay Contest Winners

Middle School

Irvine USD

 
First Place

Rebecca Moon

Cadence Park Middle School

“Standing On The Runway Crossing - Clara Barton”

Second Place

Megan Wang

Eastshore Middle School

“Dear Katherine Johnson”

   

Third Place

Achintya Akula

Plaza Vista Middle School

“One More Try - Jose Hernandez”

Tustin USD

First Place

Jimena Flores

Columbus Tustin Middle School

“Helen Keller”

Second Place

Margaret Wang

Legacy Magnet Academy

“RBG - An Inspirational Fighter”

   

Third Place

Adam Cruz

C.E. Utt Middle School

“Neil Armstrong”

San Diego​

 
First Place

Lily Rashidi

Aviara Oaks Middle School

“The More One Does”

Second Place

Elizabeth Sanchez

Woodland Park Middle School

“Never Give Up On What You Think Is Right”

   

Third Place

Barrett Lamb

Correia Middle School

“John Basilone”

High School

Irvine USD

 
First Place

No winner

Second Place

No winner

   

Third Place

No winner

Tustin USD

First Place

Euri Kim

Beckman High School

“The Man With A Dream - MLK”

Second Place

Ethan Erickson

Arnold O. Beckman High School

“F. Scott Fitzgerald - A Luminary, Not Without Fear”

   

Third Place

Emma Chuang

Orange County School of The Arts

“I Wish You Were A Boy- Elizabeth Cady Stanton”

San Diego​

 
First Place

Anoushka Majumder

Scripps Ranch High School

“Eleanor Roosevelt”

Second Place

Lilyanna Cibrian

Mar Vista High School

“Leadership By Example - Gregory Corrales”

   

Third Place

Victoria Rocha

Mar Vista High School

“Franklin D. Roosevelt”

Read Our Winning Essays

Jimena Flores

“Helen Keller”

 

Helen Keller was both blind and deaf. Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She developed an illness that le her deaf and blind when she was 19 months old. She was famous for overcoming the limitations of blindness and deafness. Anne Sullivan was Helen Keller’s teacher and mentor. Anne Sullivan...

Euri Kim

“The Man With A Dream - MLK”

To introduce you to the one-hundred-and-sixty-word excerpt of a speech that, without fail, reduces me to tears every single time I read it, I must first introduce you to Martin Luther King Jr. A Georgian Black minister in the oppressive Reconstruction era, he, along with millions of other Black Americans, suffered unimaginable injustices every...

Anoushka Majumder

“Eleanor Roosevelt”

 

Often, looking to the past can provide great insight into navigating the present and embracing what lies ahead. As a high school student learning to handle uncertainty, the fast-approaching future, and a growing desire to better understand myself, figures of the past who led their lives with purpose and conviction are a great inspiration...

Rebecca Moon

Standing On The Runway Crossing - Clara Barton

As I stand on the runway crossing of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, I see the new buildings and houses of Great Park all around. Deep inside of me, there is regret and mourning as I think about how this land used to be a military base. I also think about the demolished buildings that soldiers were once stationed in. I believe that people...

Lily Rashidi

“The More One Does”

 

As I opened my daily planner to write down my homework, a pink Post-It note falls out.

My mom has a habit of stuffing my planner with these notes, always a quote from someone famous to inspire me.

“The more one does, the more one can do.” -Amelia Earhart...

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