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Live Deliberately Essay Contest

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Live Deliberately Essay Contest!  

 2015-2016 Live Deliberately Contest Prompt

 “Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

–Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Thoughtfully convey a time when you either experienced or witnessed the type of “miracle” that Thoreau describes in the quotation above.

For the first time in the Contest's history, we had both a traditional essay track and a visual essay track.  Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to this year's winners! 

Traditional Essay Contest

13-14 Age Group:
Winner, Penelope Sanchez (San Diego, California)

15-16 Age Group:
Winner, Richa Gupta (Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA)
Honorable Mention, Raven Davis-Bailey (Hiram, Maine)

17-18 Age Group:
Winner, Emyli Bassett-Humble (Machesney Park, Illinois)
Honorable Mention, Anita Onyimah (Acworth, Georgia)
Honorable Mention, Tracy Robinson (Fort White, Florida)

19-21 Age Group:
Winner, Abdullateef Abdul (Ajah, Lagos, NIGERIA)

Visual Essay Contest

Combined Age Group:
Winner, Tyler Thomas (Marshall, Texas)

Read the winnings essays at the Essay Contest page of our World Wide Waldens website!

 The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is guided by the talented members of the Essay Contest Advisory Board:

  • Sam Corron, Walden Woods Project's Social Media and Communications Coordinator
  • Lindsay Dent, high school English teacher in Georgia and Approaching Walden Alum
  • Emily Garner, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's Manager of Museum Guide and Public Programs
  • Patricia Smith, high school English teacher in Virginia and Approaching Walden Alum
  • Laura Warren, middle school English teacher in Massachusetts and Approaching Walden Alum

Additionally, our contest is made possible by a number of thoughtful volunteer Guest Readers during each review cycle.  To learn more about the roles of both the Advisory Board and the Guest Readers, see here

How deliberately do you live? Tell us about it in an essay.

The world rests on principles. — Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 19 December 1854

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