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May 2019


Student Voices
6th Annual Student Voices Project


Features
How I Found God in Competitive Sport by Jon Watts
The Hope for Collaboration over Competition by Mark Pratt‐Russum
The Invisible Damage of Competition by Mary Jo Klingel


Poetry
Always the Challenge to Be Patient by Charles Bunner
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Student Voices Project

This year we asked Quaker‐affiliated students to write about competition in their lives.

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Skirting Around the Competition

Our introduction to the May issue on “Friendly Competition?”

Gail Whiffen is associate editor of Friends Journal. [email protected]

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A Homeschooler’s Point of View on Competition

My whole life I have been raised as a Quaker homeschooler, so I have not been placed into different classes […]

Finn Rae Kyrie, Grade 6/7, Homeschool in Driftless Area, Wis., attender of Madison (Wis.) Meeting

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Hazel-Mariani

A Tool or a Weapon

The Quaker approach to competition has influenced my life greatly. From my experiences, I’ve learned that competition can be utilized […]

Hazel Mariani, Grade 6, Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Casey-Smothers

One Big Problem

There’s one big problem I notice that relates to competition, and it is caused by masculinity. It’s a problem not […]

Casey Smothers, Grade 6, Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Marin-Shankin

I Can Do It

Although I have never been someone who loves sports or competition very much, this year my parents encouraged me to […]

Marin Shankin, Grade 8, Buckingham Friends School in Lahaska, Pa., attender of Solebury Meeting in New Hope, Pa.

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James-Bradley

Competing as a Quaker

Competition requires a great deal of hard work and effort. When you begin to compete at a higher level it […]

James Bradley, Grade 9, Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., member of West Chester Meeting

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Clay-Lewis

Wrestling with Defeat

I am not a perfect Quaker. My family discovered Quakerism when I was two years old. I grew up with […]

Clay Lewis, Grade 9, Abington Friends School, member of Abington Meeting, both in Jenkintown, Pa.

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Namiyah-Nole

Transitioning from Public to Private School

I remember the day my teachers from Wister Elementary School announced to me and two other students that we were […]

Namiyah Nole, Grade 6, Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Felicity-Medina

High School Hierarchy

I cried yesterday. I was sobbing: red, wet, puffy, and gross because of the academic competition I face in school […]

Felicity Medina, Grade 9, Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pa.

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