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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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finn-rae-kyrie

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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