Student Voices Project

The Sixth Annual Student Voices Project

The deadline has passed. Look out for the honorees in the May 2019 issue. Subscribe now to receive your own copy.

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2018–2019 Theme: Friendly Competition?

Young people encounter competition in many aspects of their lives today, including academics, student government, sports, club activities, games, and social media—anywhere there’s a winner and a loser, a test of skill or ability, or a comparison of worth. Quakers believe in the spiritual equality of all people, and therefore try to approach competition in a way that honors and respects the unique gifts and Light within each individual. Let’s explore the ways competition affects our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and get curious about if there is a distinctly Quaker approach to being competitive.

Prompt: Write about the role of competition in your life and how Quaker values influence your view of or approach to it.

This could include your own life or an example from national or world events that made an impression on you. We’re less interested in submissions that declare competition as good or bad, and more interested in writing that names and explores the many aspects (positive and negative) of being competitive and how they can exist within a Quaker context.

Queries to get you started: consider these as you think about what to write.

  • How does competition fit in with the Quaker testimony of equality?
  • What do you learn about yourself and others when engaging in competition?
  • What does it mean to win or lose?
  • How much does outcome matter in reflecting someone’s gifts, abilities, or worth?
  • How has competition helped you grow or change?
  • How do you encourage others to compete and challenge each other in ways that build community?

Submission guidelines

  • One entry per student.
  • Each written entry must have an original title, and it must be typed.
  • Word count: between 300 and 1,500 words.
  • Submit individual entries via Submittable (link below).

Deadline: February 11, 2019

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