Writing distinguished by voice, imagination, and impact

It was my last goodbye to the moment that changed my life

A Moment in Time I’ll Never Forget



This writing piece is a second draft of a personal narrative, with peer/teacher feedback. It tells the story of the author’s experience being incarcerated in a juvenile detention center as an angry 14-year-old girl with a difficult home situation.

it’s how the game is played; the game of being a girl

Eyeliner, Lipstick and Blush



This writing piece is the second draft of a short personal narrative with peer/teacher feedback.

people of all ages and backgrounds can relate to animals

Babe: Film Review



As part of a Boston Globe feature called Teen View, Hillary while in 7th grade wrote a series of reviews of movies for the newspaper, including reviews of Fly Away Home and James and The Giant Peach.

There’s oranges, tomatoes and cherries too. Raisins!




A description of the delicious world of food and how the author appreciates it. The author did the writing, illustration and typing herself.

my mother is my motivation to push forward

Name Essay - Erika Cabrera



The author gives a brief portrait of her life and motivation through unpacking the origin and meaning of her first, middle and last names.

the colonists got mad and that’s how the Boston Tea Party started

Tea in the Harbor



A 3rd grade student at Alice B. Beal Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts authored this essay as part of a learning expedition on the Revolutionary War. The assignment was to write a first-person narrative of the Boston Tea Party. This is a first draft, unedited work.

I’m still a black girl, and I refuse to be left blind and burning anymore

Hot Comb Heirlooms



This essay combines personal experiences with the pressure on the author as a young black woman to have “good hair” with a broader analysis of the heritage of slavery, oppression and white conception of beauty.

Lombroso gave society a visual key for identifying people it feared

Scanty Goatees and Palmar Goatees: Cesare Lombroso's Influence on Science and Popular Opinion



Rebecca Fleming, while a ninth grade student at Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York authored this research paper on Cesare Lombroso and his study of criminal physiognomy.

The author was the recipient of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize from The Concord Review in 2000.

it is unlike any map made in China during its time

Selden Map: Provenance and Prescience



Mark Lu, while an 11th-grade student at the Independent Schools Foundation School in Hong Kong authored this research paper on the Selden Map of China, a 17th-century map of East Asia. The paper explores an obscure topic with a conclusion that adeptly connects it to present day issues.