The All-City Read 2021 Writing Contest

The prompts:

For Younger Students: How have your community and your interests shaped you as a person? (Community can be your neighborhood, school, city, church, etc.)
For High School Students & Adults: In Call Me American, author Abdi Nor Iftin tells the story of how he adapted and survived in war-torn Somalia and acclimated to a new culture in the U.S. Describe a time when you had to adjust to a new culture or environment. What were the challenges you faced and how did you adapt?

The Winners:

Grades 3-5

First place ($30) Especially Emerson by Emerson Brown (McKinley School)

Second Place ($20) The Importance of Ballet by Luca Cooper (Roosevelt School)

Honorable Mention: Shaped but Not Yet Formed by Judah Smothers (Washington School)

Grades 6-8

First place ($50) How Lacrosse Helped Me by Peter Litzau (Longfellow/STEM)

Second place ($30) Italian Dance Community by Charlotte Desjarlois (Longfellow)

Honorable Mentions:

Firefly by Manita Mahapatra (Longfellow)

How Wauwatosa Impacted Me by Clare Kasdorf (Longfellow/STEM)

Taking a Step by Camila Cavazos (Longfellow)

High School

First place ($75) Call Me American by Adriana Xiong (Wauwatosa East)

Second place ($45) Burdens of the Past by Hamze Boulaleh


First place ($100) Learning – While in Rome Do as Romans Do by Vinay Kumar

Second place ($60) Ripples by Paige Brown

Congratulations to all and thank you to everyone who entered this year’s essay contest!