The adult prompt/theme:

The members of the Kurc family find strength in their love for each other and their hope to be reunited. Write about how the bonds that connect family have impacted your life and/or your family’s history.

The student prompt/theme:

During WWII many children had to travel separately from their parents and sometimes leave their families without knowing if they would see them again. Describe a time that a parent made a decision for you that you were nervous about, and describe what you learned from this experience.


Grades 3-5

First Place: Lucy Bach (Roosevelt) – Dance Development

Second Place: Abigail Herbert (Lincoln Elementary) – Minikani Sleepaway

Honorable Mention: Evelyn Howard (Roosevelt) – When You Think Life Is Falling Apart

Honorable Mention: Lucy Marvel (Roosevelt) – Purpose in Pain

Grades 6-8

First Place: Josiah Hughes (Journeys Lutheran School) – My Essay

Second Place: Clara Ost (Longfellow) – Drop

Honorable Mention: Charlotte (Charlie) Nunag (Longfellow) – No Choice


First Place: Taylor Vraney – Future Family Outcast

Second Place (tie):