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What Will You Take in Your Backpack?

June, 2016
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What Will You Take in Your Backpack?
—YCIS Class of 2016 Graduation Speech
 
Do you guys all remember when you first came to Yew Chung International School?
I want you to take you guys back to the night before your first day at YCIS. You laid out your uniform, shoes, and [...]

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SPIRIT OF THE SAKURA TREE - 2nd Prize Winner (Group III: 13-15 years)

April, 2016
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SPIRIT OF THE SAKURA TREE
She was already dead. Yuuki Miyamoto had to keep reminding herself, over and over again, like a chant. To him, she no longer existed. She was no more than a spirit now, who was forever bound to the Sakura tree that stood isolated and lonely at the top of a [...]

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1st Prize Winner (Group IV) - If They Find Us

April, 2016
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IF THEY FIND US

Thunder rumbled warmly outside. Rain fell like a lullaby of gentle drumming fingers against the window in a world lined with tar and concrete, simmering in the faint glow of neon yellow light. The bedroom was cosily dark, colored in mottled beige and soft creams and itchy carpeting. On the bed, a [...]

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1st Prize Winner (Group III) - If We Ever Blame Literature

April, 2016
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IF WE EVER BLAME LITERATURE
Years ago, humans read and wrote. There was always something to say and learn. The synonyms and antonyms, verbs and adjectives, modifiers and pronouns — this endless list of terminology and definitions built up, accumulating upon a mountain of words. Full of fantasies and fiction, the humans learned that they [...]

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1st Prize Winner (Group II) - If I Miss…

April, 2016
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IF I MISS…  
“Daddy, come on!” I used to shout impatiently when the tantalizing smell of burritos hovered above me. Back then, as a four year old living in my home town of San Ramon, I would often run as fast as my short, stubby legs would carry me to my favorite fast food restaurant.  Surrounding [...]

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1st Prize Winner (Group I) - Honey Boy

April, 2016
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HONEY BOY
 
I and F. Two little letters but such a big word.
If Neil Armstrong hadn’t gone to the moon, there’d have been no giant leap for mankind.
If Beethoven didn’t find his love for music, our world would be full of rock music.
And if James turned left rather than right, none of this would have ever [...]

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Caged Bird

November, 2015
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CAGED BIRD
 
The sky beckons to me.
Some days I can just feel the salty tang of rainwater in my mouth and the hair whipping in my face. It would be the freedom I have never known.
But most days, the reality of my confined life is obvious.
My eyes sting with unshed tears and the longing of what [...]

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Now, I am Free

February, 2015
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The sun is scorching
Here in Nigeria, the heat is almost unbearable. I stand where the shadows can greet me, watching as my brother walks off into the distance.
I turned to my mother, curious: “Mamma, when can I go to school too?”
Mamma said nothing. She took one last look at the horizon, and scanned our [...]

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Writing to Help

January, 2015
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I am Naomi, a Year 13 student at Yew Chung International School of Shanghai, Century Park Campus. I have always been driven to help and look out for others. And I have been involved in many charitable activities throughout my 12 years at YCIS. Charity and helping others has never really been different for me.
I’ve [...]

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Teaching English at a Migrant School

January, 2015
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On 25 October, sixteen Year 12 students from the British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi and Supervisor Mr Alles made a second visit to the Migrant English School in Tongzhou to teach English to children who otherwise would not get the opportunity to learn English. Compared to the first visit, we were much more confident [...]

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From High School to College: A Story of Transition

November, 2014
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For those of you who don’t know me personally, greetings from a first-year student studying at Pomona College in the Golden State of California, writing this Letter to the Dorm article from my college dormitory. As that brief information may suggest, I have gone through a major phase of transition in life by embarking on [...]

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Fun, Work, Growth, and Midnight Cooking: My Gap Year at Dynamy

September, 2014
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When I graduated from High School last year, I thought college was the both the logical and perfect next step for me. Looking back one year later, I now know for a fact that it definitely was one of my worst options. College isn’t the best choice for everyone, at least at first.
I took a [...]

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Seeding the Change

June, 2014
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Can we change the world? In today’s society, we are told the importance of doing our part. However, this is far easier said than done.
An international organization called Me to We serves to change this mindset. Fostering leaders at a young age, this social entrepreneurship strives to work towards a brighter future for the world [...]

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Howling in Yellowstone (3rd Prize, Category 1)

April, 2014
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To my dad Todd, who drove me to and across Yellowstone, and told me wonderful stories of Rose Creek Pack, Chief Washakie, and Sacajawea.
 
It was April 20, 2012, my last day in Yellowstone National Park. The clock struck 12. The rustic cabin by Old Faithful Geyser was bathed in full moonlight. On my cozy bed, I [...]

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Flying in the Sky (3rd Prize, Category 1)

April, 2014
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“Joshua how was it?” I was desperate to ask my brother how it felt: landing in the dark blue sea with a light blue parachute.
He said that his head went into the salty water, and I asked him if he saw anything underwater but he said he didn’t. Then he went back to dry up.
Soon, [...]

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