Winning Essays

Winning Essays

  • Relationship

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Dear Daddy

Dear Daddy, I never told anyone about my experience with your cancer. But I want you to know it before...
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Big Brown Eyes

When I was in fourth grade, I met a girl. She had long brown hair that was almost as curly...
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A Quiet Fear

The sliding glass doors open and out spews the glare of florescent lighting, along with the overpowering scent of acrid...
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A blessing in disguise

It seemed as if I had been laying on the top of Mt. Everest to bathing in the lava of...
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Have grace Madison. Be kind.

"Have grace Madison. Be kind." These words played over, and over in my head as I stood at the exit...
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Redefined.

My Dad died from cancer. That’s my “tag line” when people ask me about him. Those words seem to come...
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Lockless

Sixth grade. Walking down the hallway of the school that still seems so big. Binder clutched close to my chest,...
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I Miss Thanksgiving

Last year, as sang for the closing ceremonies of Whatcom County's Walk for Life, I listened to the stories of...
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Hello, and Goodbye

‘안녕’ (pronounced Ahnyeong in English) means ‘hello’ in Korean. However, it also means goodbye. I never imagined that a goodbye...
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Friday the 13th

In the 4th grade, all I thought about was getting older. I worked hard to please teachers, and to form...
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A Cancer Free World

The harsh Las Vegas summer sun radiated onto the black crumbs of turf, making the field feel like a giant...
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150,000 Miles

My car is a petite, silver Honda Accord with just over 150,000 miles on it. These many miles were accumulated...
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The Turning Point

I was one of the lucky ones: a suburban white girl with upper-middle class parents who have supported my every...
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The Nuances

Walking past a girl wearing artificial berry lotion, a shudder involuntary passes through me. The scent drags me back to...
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Swimming Through Cancer

It's Sunday afternoon. I'm one of the top eight swimmers in the 200 yard backstroke in the finals at the...
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My Not-So-Normal Teenage Life

I always wanted to be different. I always wanted to be that kid that had something that made them stand...
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My Friend, Cancer

The chemicals ran through her body like acid, draining the life from her weak and fragile body. She turned her...
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Red Head

There were three weeks of buildup, to this moment. Fondly I brushed my orange, red hair, a tear slowly made...
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