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Sample middle school essays

The Quills and Quotes Chronicle

Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. 

-Louis L'Amour

Observant Opinion Essays

"Our Shared Problem"  Mia Ferguson, grade 4

"Driving Factors for Success" Michael Soares, grade 8

"How Covid-19 Changed Society" Davin Jain, grade 7

"Life without Competition" Ira Parasnis, grade 7

"Competition Is not about Winning" R.S., grade 6

"The Upside of Social Media" Rohan Jain, grade 8

"Abandoning Competition" Sophia Wu, grade 6

Compelling Cause and Effect Essays

Powerful Persuasive Essays

Divine Descriptive Essays

"Am I Mad?" Rylan Choi, grade 5

"The Card Players" Renaaz Khan, grade 8

"The Locked Room" Michael Soares, grade 8

"Irises" Kyra Ma, grade 6

"My Poe Story" Ira Parasnis, grade 7

"Genghis Khan" Rylan Choi, grade 4

"Change in a Future" Arsalaan Bajwa, grade 6

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.
-Orson Scott

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
-Benjamin Franklin

Write on Q and Q

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
― Octavia E. Butler

“Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

Student Accomplishments

2020, 2019 Mentor College, Class Champion, Speech Contest  

2020 Optimist Junior Oratorical Speech Contest, 3rd place, Speech Contest

2020 New York Times Student Editorial Essay Contest, Participant, Essay Submission

2020 Goi Peace Foundation Narrative Essay Contest, 7 Participants, Essay Submissions

2020 8th Annual New York Times Vocabulary Contest, Video Submissions

2020 Dandelion's Autumn Microfiction Contest "Quill", Essay Submission

2020 The Betty Award for Original Short Story, Essay Submission

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