Dear America

Welcome to this month’s edition of Narrative Outloud.

Meet Scarlett Akeley, Hugo Anaya de Jesus, and Zinnia Finn, prize winners of this year’s “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest, as they read their essays to “Dear America.” Listen to these compassionate young writers talk of their hopes, dreams, and, yes, real-world concerns—as they tackle what it’s like to grow up in an immigrant family in America today. We think you’ll agree that there’s no finer way to celebrate our nation's independence than to listen to these inspired takes on what liberty and the pursuit of happiness really means.


Read the winnings essays here:


    FIRST PLACE
    SCARLETT AKELEY
    Dear America
    Sophomore, Castilleja School, Palo Alto




    SECOND PLACE
    HUGO ANAYA DE JESUS
    Dear America
    Senior, Next Generation Scholars, San Rafael




    THIRD PLACE
    ZINNIA FINN
    Dear America
    Sophomore, Lowell High School, San Francisco