Introduction: New York Times invited students to write short, evidence-based persuasive essays through the New York Times Students Editorial Contest. Students can choose a topic of interest, then gather evidence from sources both within and outside The NY Times and write a concise editorial (450 words or fewer) to convince readers of their view. The Editorial should focus on a topic that matters to students, cite reliable sources that illustrate different perspectives, and persuade readers of the student’s opinions. Last year, the competition has received a peak of 16,664 submissions came in, about 5,000 more than ever before.
Competition Website: For overall information about the organization and the competition, click here.
Examples of winners:
- Aria Capelli, age 16, The Athenian School, Danville, Calif.: “Bunking With Grandma: Lessons From My Multi-Generational Pandemic Bubble”
- Aimee Choi, age 17, Seoul International School, Seongnam, South Korea: “Planting the Next Chapter of Farming”