Age 5 to 7
1st place – Parth Thakkar
Essay topic: What do you miss most about school?
Essay: School,is the word which sounds like melodious jingle bell sound to my ear.I was just one and half and I was accompanying my mother to drop my elder brother in school ,I remember I used to stay in that pre k class of my brother until teacher ms Gerber comes,and at that age I thought when I will be allowed to stay in the school or that pre -k class of my brother. And finally the day came ,I was enrolled to pre k when I was 3 years old . As of now I am in first grade. I like lunch ,recess and especially math and language study.I like school playground.I liked the Christmas and Halloween party in the school.The Easter egg hunt is my favorite. I miss the library and our librarian. I miss hot choclate served in the library. I like the bus ride to the school .I like planting plants at school.I miss the helpers chart of the school,i was lucky enough to be first star student of the class.I miss swinging in the playground. I miss the art class ,which is so much fun .I also miss my P.E .class , its full of mind refreshing workouts.I miss my music class because we played instruments it was so much fun.I miss learning and spending time in that healthy environment where I laugh , share my things with my friends. My day started with school and I spend almost more than half of my time in school.I missed lots of tiny things to big things which I used to do in the school . Among all the listed above I missed most, in person learning in the school.For the coming school year I look forward of regular school year and end of corona pendemic.
1st place – Anay Sharma
Essay topic: Your life during the pandemic
Essay: As the sun rose out of the darkness and covered the city with golden sunshine, I opened my eyes to start another day in quarantine. The bright green trees waved and bent. This beautiful aurora is a positive effect of the recent events (corona). When one looks at this pandemic they may say that it is awful and unfortunate, but the truth is sometimes we don’t realize the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. This pandemic has given us the opportunities to practice and explore so many things. During quarantine I have done activities such as Archery and Martial Arts. I have enjoyed going on adventures in our neighborhood and also love the wonderful nights that I spent playing games and watching movies with my family. Although I can not see my friends I call them every chance I get to share what we have been up to and more. You may be thinking that I am weird for enjoying a pandemic like this, but the way I see it this is a obstacle that we need to work together to solve. And most importantly it is a reminder that no matter how dark the world around you is, there is a bright side to everything.
1st place – Aarav Ahuja
Essay topic: How has quarantine changed you?
Essay: There is no doubt that quarantine has changed the way all of us live our everyday lives. For several of us, our routines have changed, and we have been missing normalcy. Although I am prohibited to do various activities during this time such as attending school, playing with friends, and socializing, quarantining might not necessarily be an all terrible situation. The quarantine has allowed me to develop smarter habits, think/reflect on the past, get more creative, and be able to spend more time with family. I have been bonding with my younger brother more than ever over board games, movies, daily walks, and friendly fights. I have used this “forced” downtime to realize that I need to learn to be increasingly adaptive and appreciative of the things that are taken for granted in life in addition to learning to deal with emergencies, shortage of supplies, cost savings, and in general be more cautious. It has taught me to develop healthier hygienic habits like washing my hands more frequently, coughing/sneezing into a tissue or my elbow, and healthier eating habits. Furthermore, it has allowed me to pursue activities that I’ve always wanted to try like playing a new instrument, learning a new language, etc. since I have so much extra time on my hands now. It has instilled in me a never-before sense of gratitude for our healthcare workers and a career option that I had not given a serious thought to previously – to become a doctor and help others. Overall, this quarantine has prepared me to deal with similar situations in the future and while it has permanently changed the way I will live my life, it has taught me that for every low, there’s a high and that every cloud has a silver lining. Amen!