HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: We cannot invest more in education without making appropriate policy changes.
COLLEGE FINALIST: My generation must take on the task of building strong community economies and reestablishing collective wealth for all people.
HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: Suddenly, my opinion of a record I had been listening to for over eight years was turned on its head.
COLLGE FINALIST: There’s still time to face up to the issues we stand to inherit, and our generation has the modern means to do it. Whether we can muster the will—well, that’s entirely up to us.
HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: A Black face in my high school would become as foreign as a repressed memory that everyone just seemed to forget existed.
COLLEGE FINALIST: The inability for people to live in the present may become increasingly dangerous as it continues to become more socially acceptable.
HIGH SCHOOL WINNER: A graduating high school senior reflects on her generation's embattled future—and its dwindling access to quality education.
COLLEGE WINNER: Catastrophe is different when it is personal.
There is a message here about masculine privilege.
Under the banner of high-tech progress, corporate lobbyists have rammed through legislation privatizing K-12 education across the country.