Winners From Our Fifth Annual Student Editorial Contest


We received a record 9,275 essays — or, put another way, nearly four million words — from students around the world this year in response to our fifth annual Editorial Contest, so choosing the 10 winners, 26 runners-up and 38 honorable mentions you can find below was no small task.Participants tackled the big issues of the day, like gun control, climate change and #MeToo, but they also took on niche topics, like the need for female priests or the dangers inherent in treating “true crime” as entertainment. Many students wrote about problems they had confronted personally, such as sitting too long during the school day, discussing politics at a family Thanksgiving meal, or participating in civil disobedience so school-sanctioned that Thoreau would have been “rolling in his grave.”

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