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Writers of Summer 2019

Emily

This budding author's unique stylistic choices carry readers on an eerily adventurous tale about a journey through the forest. Emily captivates her audience with magnificent imagery and characterization that ends in an ultimate twist. Click to read... but don't get lost in the fog! 

Kavin

Narrated in a captivating fashion, Kavin's creative memoir takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of raw emotion. This talented writer and deep critical thinker presents the theme of creativity in a brand new light, encouraging the audience to accept honest mistakes... as long as we learn from them!

Pranav

In this truly honest and relatable personal essay, Pranav recounts a memory with friends when he felt like giving up. His innovative use of figurative language and symbolic theme will remind you that nothing is too hard... as long as you just stick it out and roll the dice!

Joowon

Joowon's impeccable mastery over the written word shines brightly in this narrative about his first swimming lesson. Like a beautifully crafted and oversized swimming pool, the essay's flawless structure encapsulates universally applicable life lessons. What's more — his powerful figurative language and articulate imagery will leave you gasping for breath! 

Arjun

In this essay, a future Steve Jobs meticulously blends personal exposition into a persuasive speech that emphatically argues for coding to be regarded as a core discipline in schools. His parallel structure, coupled with well-researched data, highlights his passion for all things software-engineering. Arjun's brilliantly articulated journey from beginner to master coder is no less inspiring than his mastery of the written word! Bravo, buddy!

Mason

Hang on to your hats and glasses! This young author takes us on a wild ride of our own in this personal narrative essay about a trip to a theme park. With an impeccable use of figurative language and captivating imagery, Mason honestly exposes his terror while waiting in line for a ride... but you'll just have to read to find out exactly which ride that is! His concluding significance, which implores readers to take risks, makes this a must-read!

Daeyong

In this expository essay, Daeyong flexes his analytical prowess while exposing dystopian trends of modern society. His masterful structure synthesizes two sociologically-altering characteristics of our own culture: video games and walls. Most impressive is the essay's unmistakeable connection to Fahrenheit 451 — way to go!

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Writers of the Year  '18-19

Megan — Compass Class

In this impeccable literary analysis essay, Megan's striking explication of The Giver invites readers to use their own memory as tools for change and for love. Her ability to logically analyze abstract concepts will leave you wondering: Do I live in a dystopia?!

Angelina — Scholar Lit

From her captivating title all the way to her conclusive theme on The Canterbury Tales, Angelina transcends the expected character analysis tropes and offers her readers a delicately-crafted, powerhouse essay. Her careful structure and exploration of the literary argument make Chaucer's difficult, ancient satire easily digestible!

Eliza — Language Arts

Eliza's use of an uber-personal narrative voice in this hilarious memoir about her second birthday party lets readers immerse themselves in the story... and practically into the cake itself! Her empowering message about messing up, and getting messy, is definitely one for the ages!

Jake — Compass Class

In his analytical essay, Jake crafts linguistics and character development towards a mature thematic exploration of a young-adult dystopian novel: The Giver. His masterful interpretation culminates in a reflection on our society, one that inspires readers to carefully reflect on the words they use — both on and off the page!

Cinthia — Private Lesson

In this enthralling literary analysis essay, Cinthia guides her readers through the trenches of Gregor the Overlander and into the light of heroism. What's more — her transformative structure and analysis of life-truths ask readers to accept their own destinies and take on the impossible... with confidence!

Milla — Public Speaking

In this flawless speech, Milla does the impossible: she reassures her audience about their inevitable failures and simultaneously implores them to accept mistakes as life's treasures. Her impressive rhetorical devices and oh-so-relatable personal examples will have you nodding in mind-blowing agreement all the way through!

Landon — Language Arts

In his impressive tongue-in-cheek memoir, Landon comically hyperbolizes the dangers of growing up with a younger sibling. His hilariously unique figurative language and casually honest literary rhythm lets readers devise their own morals about those they love the most... family.

Kavin — Private Lesson

Kavin's imaginative anecdote quickly turns into an environmental plea in this powerful persuasive essay that begs his audience to rethink the commonly accepted field trip to the zoo. His brilliant use of logos, simile, and pathos forces readers to mentally cage themselves to truly feel the plight of the most beautiful creatures on Earth. Bravo!

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2018 Fall Winners!

Max — Scholar Literature

Max's eloquent analysis of emotion shines bright in his literary essay that seeks to address complex characterization throughout the novel, The Giver. Brilliantly structured, this analytical paper will force readers to question what "truth" truly means. 

Brian — Private Lesson

Brian's stunning creative writing piece uses anthropomorphism to follow the painful story of a canine stuck on an island, and the grueling journey by which she transforms into a hero. Perhaps even more brilliant is that this tale can be read as a social critique that explores human nature. Bravo!

Milla — Public Speaking

Milla's controversial argument in her incredible socially-relevant speech will have you questioning prior perceptions about ethics. Her stunning rhetoric and eloquent stylistic techniques make the speech a must-read!

Jack — Private Lesson

In this argumentative essay, Jack explores the potential dangers of technology through a mature sociopolitical lens. He synthesizes layer upon layer of persuasive reasoning and evidence, leaving readers wondering what really lies ahead in the (near) future.

Kyleigh — Scholar Literature

Kyleigh successfully composed this literary analysis essay, chock full of profound truth as derived from The Giver. Her complex structural choices paved the path for her lesson about love and freedom to truly shine!

Amy — Private Lesson

In this literary analysis essay, Amy simplifies the labyrinth of fiction that is Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, effectively portraying the author's complicated narrative techniques in a digestible way. This essay is a must-read. Way to go!

Jake — Private Lesson

Jake's literary analysis of "Like the Sun" delves deeply into characterization as well as concepts of morality and truth. His solid structure and logical writing style of the paragraph allow him to achieve a profound literary argument by its conclusion. Bravo!

Milla, Ryan, Asiya, John, Max

THIS ANTHOLOGY OF DRAGON MYTHOLOGY BLENDS ANCIENT MYTHOLOGY WITH MODERN STORY-TELLING, REVEALING THE MAGICAL WONDERS OF DRAGONS FOR ALL AGES. Way to go, writers!

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2018 Stellar Summer Winners

Adith — Elementary

Adith's fictional tale weaves an intricate web of suspense within the virtual world of Minecraft. His carefully-crafted character development and rather complex plot structure make this story a must-read!

Katherine — Elementary

This young writer's thought-provoking piece wears many literary masks: speech, letter, poem, and all around inciter of the truth. No less powerful than a professional spoken-word poetry slam, Katherine's brilliant rhythm and impactful language devices breathe poetic life into her message: just be yourself! 

Brian — Middle School

Brian's literary argument of Ender's Game mirrors that of Orwellian discourse: if readers stand idly by while their government implements a space army, humanity will drive itself into extinction. However, this powerful writer's complex essay doesn't end there; he simultaneously inserts a positive interpretation that makes this essay a worthy read.

Anthony — High School

Finding positivity within painfully disappointing circumstances is already a challenging task, but composing this personal truth without it coming across as a cliche takes even more skill. Through beautiful imagery and figurative language, this is precisely what Anthony has exhibited in his narrative essay that "breaks" down the true meaning of hope.  

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Winners  of the 2017-18  Year 

Jack — Private Writing Class

In this flawlessly structured critical essay, informed by the character development in the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Jack successfully presents his case for the harsh lack of empathy in a world of AI. Further, his literary argument contains ample significance and opportunities for reflection within our own world of ever-evolving technology — bravo!

Sofi — Private Writing Class

Sofi's literary essay on the historical fiction novel, Lions of Little Rock, speaks volumes about the highly relevant themes of both courage and inclusion. Through deep character analysis, this writer encourages readers to consider a profound moral through the perspective of friendship.

Ian — Private Group Class

This final literary analysis essay artfully presents a "wild interpretation" of the classic short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." Through an effective critique of figurative language,  Ian successfully convinces fellow readers that the main character is not really human at all. Read the essay to find out!

Sean — Compass Class

In this critical analysis essay that dissects the intricate multi-media elements of an anime series, Sean brilliantly argues that the foundation of any moral lies equally within the medium's relatable moral as well as its accessibility. This writer doubles down on the show's theme, asserting that rags-to-riches stories offer more than idealism — they can inspire audiences everywhere for the greater good. 

Amy — Private Writing Class

Amy's delicately-crafted exploration of the true value within solitude presents her readers with a new way of viewing the fatal story of a kid in the 1990s: Chris McCandless. Her wittily structured body paragraphs emphasize the irony of the difference between being a lonely misfit and actively seeking to be alone, yet free from society. Incredible!

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 Winners    Fall '17

Sam — High School Lit

In this compare essay contrast essay that utilizes the critical theory of formalism, Sam brilliantly unveils and weaves together the literary symptoms of mental illness as witnessed between two Gothic-era writers.

Jewell — Scholar Literature

Jewell's psychoanalytic observations of Guy Montag in this final essay of the semester work to expand the theme of true transformation, leaving us with the desire to change ourselves, too!

Ryann — Writing Enrichment

In her final essay of the course, Ryann dove right in to the most challenging essay prompt, and successfully conveyed her literary argument: racism still exists, and if we are going to change it... well, then we first must recognize it!

Samuel — Historical Literature

The creativity of this argument about the historical fiction novel "Hard Gold" absolutely blew me away; Samuel wonderfully brings symbolism and language to the surface of this text in order to analyze an unending, universal truth: hope!

Srikar — Private Class

This young writer, Srikar, firmly nailed the art of argumentation in his first ever literary essay; his psychoanalysis of the main character definitely makes us question: will Ender truly become his evil older brother?!

Taylor — Writing Enrichment

Taylor's final essay of the class brilliantly defines friendship through her unique analysis of two main characters in "Lions of Little Rock," this young writer's literary language empowers us find true loyalty regardless of social boundaries.

Christy — Scholar Literature

Not only does Christy's literary essay structure completely absorb her audience, she also masterfully blends a psychoanalytic theory of Montag's transformation with a formalist analysis of snake symbolism. Couldn't have composed a better argument myself... Bravo!

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 Winners    2017-18

Allison

Far younger than the average SAT-essay writer, Allison dives right into an effective rhetorical analysis in this essay on Steve Jobs' commencement address. She explores the speaker's rather complicated techniques towards a unique understanding of the honest value in making mistakes.

Sofi

In her first ever literary essay, Sofi analyzes the academic and social success of main character in the multiple-narrator novel Ungifted. This writer powerfully applies the moral within the plot to an important real-life message: fitting in is never easy, but being who we are will afford true personal success!

Aliyah

Just within one month of tutoring lessons, Aliyah has already grabbed essay-writing by the horns and steered herself to literary success. This brilliant essay explores the complex themes of maturity as well as the disintegration of an enemy rivalry in the novel "The Outsiders," to remind us that love, loyalty, and family support can break down all barriers in our lives.

Annika

Annika's literary essay on "Ender's Game" reveals immense technical skill in terms of a delicate paragraph structure and flow. Her argument persists throughout the paper, allowing her to assert an incredibly positive message: challenging circumstances can often lead to beneficial outcomes, if only we are able to learn and grow from the former. Bravo!

Allene

In this 1st Person POV detached-autobiographical memoir, Allene beautifully unveils the painful struggle in the life of a refugee. As she metaphorically unpacks the theme of home, the reader is obliged to board her literary boat and travel with her to a new understanding of hope in the face of adversity.

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2017 Summer Winners

Anthony

Anthony's improvement over a mere two months is stunningly proven by this literary essay on Ender's Game. His distinct, direct, and powerful writing voice successfully argues the importance of questioning authority and not taking anything at face value.

Monica

Monica's complex argumentative concept and natural flow within this essay on The Book Thief helped her win Student Writer of the Summer. Most impressive is this writer's ever-positive spin on a rather depressing historical fiction novel. Bravo!

Harish

This is yet another writer who improved magnificently in just a month and a half. Harish's essay on Ender's Game, complete with a thought-provoking hook and brilliant argumentation, fully proves  the definition of what it means for a hero to become truly confident. We should all take a tip from this young writer's essay!

Suravi

In this glorious essay on The City of Ember, Suravi packs an explosively-imaginative punch into a single page.  Her unique argument about the City's complex origins highlights her mastery over interpretation and critical thinking. Way to go!

Brian

Brian explores the exciting relationship between literature and human behavior in this literary paper on the classic Wednesday Wars. Clear as day is this young writer's ability to convince readers of Holling's maturity in the face of academic, social, and actual wars, shedding a hopeful light on overcoming personal struggles.

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Winners  of the 2016-17  Year 

Manasaa

Manasaa mastered the art of offering up profound claims in this explanatory literary essay. The fact that she was able to transform the depressing atmosphere of the novel into a beautiful life truth for the reader serves as proof for how far she has come as a writer in less than one year of tutoring! 

Sean

This year, Sean successfully plowed his way through Ms. Lauren's treacherous obstacles of endless revision. In this essay, Sean unveils his compositional ability to explore profound cultural truths through linguistic analysis.

Trinity

This is Trinity's very first literary essay, and it's more than safe to say that we're staring at the work of a natural writer. After only five months of tutoring lessons, Trinity unleashes her exceptional writing talents in this essay that weaves together complex plot with critical analysis.

Michael

This year, Michael has revealed his unique abilities to explore the complex elements of history through the analysis of ancient literature and to explore literature through the many times biased perspectives of historical analysis. This essay showcases that very talent with its empowering closing message of humility in the face of social demise.

Kristine

Although the critiqued novel was not this writer's favorite, she clearly found the passion to write an explosively intricate literary essay that highlights authorial intention as a window into credibility. This year, Kristine mastered the art of analyzing figurative language and author technique towards the development of an incredible literary argument.

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Winners    2015-2017

Zach - FEB 2017

Zach explores the depths of the science-fiction novel Ender's Game in this highly-explanative literary paper on the meaning of inherent goodness vs governmental brainwashing. Able to weave elements of a famous 60s anti-war speech, this essayist successfully proves to his readers a unique argument: that lack of communication alone can dismantle an entire race. Thanks for the tip, Zach!

Brian - JAN 2017

"An Essay of Frank" is this young writer's very first academic literary essay, which he nailed! Brian was able to uncover a profound truth that was buried deep within the high-tech novel "Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor." Brian remains on topic and convinces readers until the very last word of his essay!

Andrew - December

Andrew's chapter story is a stunning rendition of the dangers of industrialization. This allegorical tale of dinosaurs concocted in a laboratory highlights one dinosaur's escape and his succeeding quest to rescue mother nature from the claws of human greed. If you're looking for a science fiction story that addresses environmental-justice issues and at the same time elicits from you raw emotion, this is the one!

Ian - December

Ian's literary essay hinges upon a highly complex Thesis statement that prompts Hatchet readers to explore the delicate balance between emotions and physicality. Executed through brilliant analytical language, he has clearly absorbed authorial intention. Perhaps most notable is this writer's surprising use of two important figurative languages: extended metaphor and personification of the main character's pain... an impressive feat in academic writing!

Jaden - December

In a literary essay on Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this intellectual writer flaunts his ability to craft complicated transitions that provide the foundation for an even more complex argument. Using a creative structure that melds perfectly with the humorously erratic writing style in the novel, Jaden unpacks the author's coy answer to the meaning of life. At the end, the essayist travels further into this labyrinth of a thesis, arguing his own take on why we would even ask about the meaning of life in the first place.

Manasaa - November

Manasaa creatively adopts a third-person perspective in this short but substantial memoir, in which she explores the true definition of ballet. Her glimmering linguistic style carries readers towards an honest consideration of what winning a dance competition really brings. Prance with her through this story to find out!

Michael - November

Michael's keen observational skills assist him in scoring big on this literary essay. He argues a unique argument about a classic historical fiction novel, "Island of the Blue Dolphins," such that a Native American's newfound bond with a wild beast supports her survival and serves in the transformation of Karana's cultural traditions. Bravo!

Lochlan - October

In this literary paper, Lochlan powerfully addresses the novel's universal message: life brings struggles that can ironically unify divided groups. This writer pays close attention to the perspective shifts of the main character, ultimately proving that each gang's darkness blend into a much lighter shade.

Lucy - October

Lucy's attention to The Outsider's internal and external contexts grants her an ability identical to that of the novel's author: they each break the literary fourth-wall. Not only does she use this essay to defend the dignity and heroism of the narrator, but Lucy also suggests that readers take Ponyboy's life as an example of how to turn weakness into strength.

Ian - October

Ian's flawless use of evidence allows him the unique ability to peer into the heart of a character. Such precise characterization in this particular essay completely convinces readers of the writer's literary argument: trauma can blur the line between even the strictest of rivalries.

Kristine - September

In this book-length origin story, Kristine compels readers to consider not only where they came from, but also why. Laying eyes on her linguistic style of metaphor and imagery will send readers into a magically fictional past to embark on an explosive survival journey.

Tyler - September

In this superb literary analysis essay, Tyler offers readers of The Outsiders sound proof for the novel's true message of heroism.  Using a classic psychology experiment and cultural norms as evidence, this critical writer and thinker cracks the novel's moral wide open so that we can dive into what it means to become a hero, on the outside and the inside.

Monica - September

In this creative exposition piece, Monica transports Jonas from his land of origin in The Giver to our own modern society. The manner in which this writer has Jonas react to American culture is absolutely precise and oh-so-priceless!

Janavi - August

This talented, young writer sweeps readers off their feet in this magical story about Tender, a fairy who can't fly. You're sure to find all elements of a brilliant story, and will be craving more noteworthy morals like the one here that Janavi provides!

Ethan - August

Ethan's realistic argumentative voice coincides wonderfully that of the two characters from The City of Ember that he presents to his readers.  Before drawing in a third highly unlikely (and much younger) hero, this essay confidently expresses the likeliness of Lina and Doon as each their own unique version of hero.

Maya - August

This finely-structured literary paper allows readers a glimpse into the author's own enlightened "window of truth" about Animal Farm: the novel's suppressed citizens retain responsibility for reversing a corrupted government. Maya pushes further by requiring the novel's readers to ask the critical question — When will we revolt against our suppressors? 

Ashwin - July

With this classic literary paper, Ashwin showcases his distinctive ability to fuse literature and history into a single argument. His powerful analysis about a murdered elephant suggests a major side effect of most hypocritical authoritarian regimes — the sparking of a revolution.

Allison - July

In this literary essay, Allison exhibits a well-crafted framework of both paragraph ordering as well as powerful content. Each piece of evidence effectively works to construct her meaningful thesis: age as a fluid indicator of identity of feeling.

Brian - June

In this well thought out analogies essay, Brian draws wonderfully creative similarities between popular culture events and the main character from the novel Wonder, Auggie. Not only are his transitions both smooth and relatable, but this young writer is able to compound his argument by the end of the essay to prove Auggie's extraordinary character.

Harpreet - May

Harpreet portrayed an illuminating blend of both historical and imagistic analysis in this two-pager, in which he critiqued the way McCarthy utilized propaganda during a time of political unrest. Harpreet's brilliant argument further drew an unmistakable link between the historical villain and Donald Trump — way to go!

Mikayla - May

Mikayla masterfully wrote a narrative letter through the challenging perspective of the novel's perceived villain (spoiler alert!). She imposes an apologetic yet demanding tone in order to express The Eye of Minds' deeper truth, explaining honest intentions so as to clarifying this supposed antagonist's innocence.

Eric - May

Eric wrote his first research paper that amazingly tackled a rather distinct argument: How is Mountain Biking a more fulfilling sport than road cycling? Eric's direct tone, empowering analysis, and intricate technological langauge all make for a paper that encourages readers to strap on a helmet and speed down a mountain!

Prathic - April

Prathic successfully mastered the art of revision in this school-assigned Anchor essay, in which student writers are asked to analyze character justifications against the backdrop of historical critique. His unique ability to compose swift transitions among multiple time periods within the alternation between fiction and nonfiction texts reflects the talents of a seasoned writer.

Thivinya - March/April

This elegantly crafted script displays Thivinya's hyper-vigilance of her moral; throughout the adventurous vignettes, readers are warned to remain open to positivity even in times of tribulation. This creative writer conveys consistent characterization in the midst of abruptly chaotic scene changes, all towards a final revelation cloaked in that epic twist.

Sean - February

Sean delicately weaves a problem-solution thesis into his compare-contrast essay that passionately argues for the positive impacts of increasing actor diversity within the movie industry. His perfectly positioned evidence forces the consideration of Hollywood's close-mindedness, igniting us readers to demand a more diverse range of on-screen performers.

Monica - January

Monica's thesis statement comfortably leads readers through a complex exploration of the relationship between Huck Finn's dialogue and plot. Expressed in a confidently reflective tone, evidence and insights regarding the escapees' indirect characterization are shared plentifully. This seems to enhance an already-bold argument that we can no less than wholeheartedly trust, as I assume Huck and Jim might do.

Kristine - January

Reading this piece offers us an opportunity to understand authorial intention. Kristine analytically explores Bradbury's heated moral in Fahrenheit 451 through the morbid fate of major female characters in the novel. Told in a fervent writing style, her argument gains speed with each successive woman, as she draws a fascinating connection between the implication for our own world.

Andrew - Dec/January

Andrew's passion to generate ideas for new video games can clearly be felt in this creative essay. His three-part intention for the game excitedly guides readers through a detailed "how-to" build characters and utilize them in battle. For any game naysayers, Andrew even explains the benefits of this potential game's real-world application.

Michael - Dec/January

Michael conceived of and began composing this story back in early December. What you'll find in this heart-thumping MineCraft adaptation is a perfect blend of environmental tension and a mysterious plot that requires creative building solutions by believably brave characters... all told in Michael's profoundly smooth language style.

Ananya - November

Ananya's interpretation essay about the Ending of the Giver strongly implies that Jonas' decision to leave his community resulted in the single most positive outcome: the community regains its power through the flooding of memory. This argument relies on the idea that the novel does not end within a dreamscape, but rather — the direct empowerment of the main character's heroic arc. 

Jaden - November

Jaden's expression of extended metaphor in The Great Gatsby shines through this essay, much like the very symbol of light that he describes. The thesis powers the heart of this essay's argument, cementing the concept that, within a particular scene, dichotomies play a major role in shaping the character interaction.

Tyler - October

Tyler's analytical perspective in his persuasive essay, titled "Dystopian Novels," explores the consequences of banning an entire genre from schools. By the conclusion, this essay's readers have little choice but to imagine a future where young adults are too sheltered.

Molly - October

Way to go, Molly, for winning the first student writer award for Fall 2015! "The Tunnels" drags readers through a mystifying detective adventure that has us questioning: What if conspiracy theories are just history?

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