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Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 7: On ‘Black Valedictorians and the Toxic Trope of Black Exceptionalism’

Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 7: On ‘Black Valedictorians and the Toxic Trope of...

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WinnerPeri Ferguson, 16, from King School in Stamford, Conn., chose a guest essay from the Opinion section headlined “Black Valedictorians and the Toxic Trope of Black Exceptionalism” and wrote:My grandmother was a Black valedictorian. She couldn’t afford to go to college. Her family members were poor farmers, descendants of poor sharecroppers, descendants of slaves.My father…
Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 6: On ‘Your Steak Is More Expensive, but Cattle Ranchers Are Missing Out’

Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 6: On ‘Your Steak Is More Expensive, but Cattle...

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WinnerJiahao chose an article from the Business section headlined “Your Steak Is More Expensive, but Cattle Ranchers Are Missing Out” and wrote: “This is ridiculous! Beef is now $15 a pound, twice what I paid before! It has to be all the relief checks handed out by Biden that are causing inflation!” my uncle asserted,…
Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 5: On ‘Tesla Says Autopilot Makes Its Cars Safer. Crash Victims Say It Kills.’

Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 5: On ‘Tesla Says Autopilot Makes Its Cars Safer....

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WinnerSai Bommineni, 17, from Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, chose an article from the Business section headlined “Tesla Says Autopilot Makes Its Cars Safer. Crash Victims Say It Kills.” and wrote:After saving up for years, my dad finally broke down and bought his dream car last summer: a shiny blue Tesla with a sleek…
Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 4: On ‘The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry’

Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 4: On ‘The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry’

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WinnerMaggie Liu, 13, from New Providence Middle School in New Providence, N.J., chose a writing prompt from The Learning Network based on the article “The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry” and wrote:My sister is a lefty. I am a righty. We are as opposite as the opposite can be.I can’t live a day without brushing my…
5 Ways to Learn in the Sun

5 Ways to Learn in the Sun

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With the summer weather finally in full swing, it’s time to get outside! After having spent more of the last year indoors than ever before, most people can’t wait to get out and make the most of the sunshine and the blue skies.  And to make up for lost time, why not maximise your enjoyment…
Hello Summer | Free Summer Blogger Template

Hello Summer | Free Summer Blogger Template

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July 19, 2021 It has been a long time since we had a free blogger template for you, so I decided to create a new one! This time it is all about summer with a blue and coral color palette and shell drawings in the header. It will be perfect for seasonal use or for…
Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 3: On ‘The Pandemic Has Shrunk Our Social Circles. Let’s Keep It That Way.’

Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 3: On ‘The Pandemic Has Shrunk Our Social Circles....

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WinnerFelix Liu, 14, from Millburn High School in Millburn, N.J., chose an essay from the Sunday Review headlined “The Pandemic Has Shrunk Our Social Circles. Let’s Keep It That Way” and wrote:“Stop talking to strangers on Discord, and come help me make sushi!” my mom yelled.“OK, OK! Lemme say goodbye first,” I halfheartedly responded. I…
Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 2: On ‘One Woman’s Journey Through Chinese Atrocities’

Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 2: On ‘One Woman’s Journey Through Chinese Atrocities’

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WinnerKevin Shi, 14, from Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, Calif., chose an Opinion piece by columnist Nicholas Kristof headlined “One Woman’s Journey Through Chinese Atrocities” and wrote:During the last few months of this school year, my history teacher told my class the story of World War II. It was at the same time…
Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 1: On ‘Lilith, Lilibet … Lucifer? How Baby Names Went to “L”’

Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 1: On ‘Lilith, Lilibet … Lucifer? How Baby Names...

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We received 528 entries from students from around the world for the first week of our 10-week Summer Reading Contest. Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to our winner, Sanai, as well as the 11 runners-up and 15 honorable mentions we honor below.Scroll down to take a look at the variety of topics…
Summer Reading Contest Week 1: What Got Your Attention in The Times This Week?

Summer Reading Contest Week 1: What Got Your Attention in The Times This Week?

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Our 12th Annual Summer Reading Contest begins!This contest is open to students 11-19 from anywhere in the world. To participate, submit a response by 9 a.m. Eastern on June 18 that answers the questions “What got your attention in The New York Times this week? Why?”If you are 13 or older and live in the…

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