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 “Dear America.” Listen to these compassionate young writers talk of their hopes, dreams, and real-world concerns—as they confront the divided America of today.


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
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