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The Ancient God Who Rules High School

School: Irvington High School

City/State: Fremont, CA

Grade(s): 12

Format(s): Website Essay

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Visual Arts

Type(s): Argument/Opinion

Writing Assignment Description

"As a student in what is generally regarded as a rather competitive high school, I was quickly disabused of the notion that school was perfect. Staring at my classmates competing (and me as well!), I saw parallels to problems from game theory and economics. In an effort to tie together these thoughts on how systems can be terrible without any malicious input, I sought to write something that would be compelling, informative, and fun to read."  —Owen

Owen put in roughly 30 hours to write the draft and design the final images. A few of his friends helped him edit the piece (peer critique and multiple drafts at work). "The Ancient God Who Rules High School" was published on Medium on April 12, 2017, where it quickly gained a sizable amount of traction among Owen's social network and beyond.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • An excellent example of authentic student voice
  • Thought-provoking essay presented in a unique format
  • Shows how the use of technology can enhance writing and motivate student work
  • Illustrates an interesting use of game theory and other competitive environmental comparisons to understand implications on the student experience

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