Congrats to Talia for Her NYT Student Editorial Contest Success!
I’m a proud teacher today. One of my students has been named a finalist in the New York Times Learning Student Editorial Contest. Talia Wong’s essay, “Cities Built With A Beating Heart” shows her strong interest in urban architecture and her belief that cities should be built to foster human connection. The judges picked her editorial as a finalist of more than 11,000 entries from all over the world!
Talia, age 16, attends Chinese International School in Hong Kong. She was one of eight students in my February-March workshop series this year. In their editorials, students took positions on issues that they care about. Topics ranged from the obstacles to good sleep, the benefits of panic to getting homework done, the importance of classical music and the damage caused by fake news. All of the young writers learned to develop their argument, give evidence and write engagingly. They also improved their written English. They will use all of these skills when they write their college application essays and throughout their lives. They can also add these editorials and their participation in the contest to their student resumes.
Congratulations to Talia and all the young writers! Thanks to One Plus Educational Consulting for inviting me to teach this series.