Youth Honors Awards

2022 Youth Honor Awards program will be announced in January.

2021 Skipping Stones Honor Awards published in Autumn issue:

Hearty Congratulations to all the winners! We received many outstanding entries for the youth awards this year, and so we decided to have many joint awards and two group awards as below.  A number of noteworthy entries have also been published on the website. Click on Read the Content.

* Poems by 4th and 5th Grade Students of Ms. Milman at Laurence School, California

Emily Meng, age 10, Connecticut, and Emily Tang, age 12, North Carolina

Aditi Nair, age 12, Virginia, and Ryan Park, age 13, New York

Saanvi Dhupar, age 13, New York, and Jasreen Randhawa, age 13, Alberta, Canada

Tinklyn (Jinyuan) Xiang, age 14, British Columbia, Canada, and Liz Duke-Moe, age 17, Idaho

Christopher Joszczyk, age 14, Connecticut, and Thee Sim Ling, age 14, Singapore

Jamie Nguyen, age 15, California, and Rashi Lakhotia, age 16, Florida

Catherine Xiong, age 17, British Columbia, Canada, and Julia Kiaer, age 17, Oregon

Krithika Gopalakrishnan, age 17, Washington, and Ashley Yoon, age 17, California

* Artwork by Students of Mr. Hyun Sung Jung in Seoul, South Korea

Winners will receive their honor certificates, the awards issue and prize books in September. Everyone who entered the awards will receive a comp. copy of the issue in September. The issue also features the Asian Celebration Haiku Contest and the 2021 Book Awards. Since we couldn’t include all the Noteworthy entries that we wanted to publish in the issue, they will be published online here on our website in a few weeks.

We will also publish the awards issue on this website for your reading pleasure in a few weeks!

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The 2021 Youth Honor Awards Entries (due June 25) Closed.

(We expect to announce the ten winners by mid-August. The winners and a few noteworthy entries will be published in our next issue, to be released by September first, 2021.)

Multicultural Awareness, International Understanding, and Nature Appreciation:

Traditions and Celebrations * Diversity and Tolerance * International/Intercultural Experiences * Dreams and Visions * Youth Activism * Family and Society * Nature and Environment * Energy and Climate Change Issues * Peace, Justice and Equality

The Youth Honor Awards recognize creative and artistic works by young people that promote multicultural, international and nature awareness. You might like to read the Youth Honor Award winning entries in our recent issues (Vol. 32, no. 4, Vol. 31, no. 4, or Vol. 30, no. 4) before submitting your entries.

Entry Guidelines:
Original writing (essays, interviews, poems, plays, short stories, etc.) and art (photos, paintings, cartoons, etc.) from youth, ages 7 to 17, should be typed or neatly handwritten. The entries should be appropriate for ages 7 to 17. Prose under 1,000 words; poems under 30 lines. Non-English and bilingual writings, photo essays and art pieces (up to 8) are equally welcome.
You may also choose to highlight the work of a youth organization or group project. Using the same guidelines as above, tell us how the group works to preserve nature or enrich the community, its members and the lives of others.
Entries must be sent (e-mailed or postmarked) by  25 June, 2021.

Please include:
• A cover letter telling about yourself and your submission, your age, address and telephone number or e-mail.
• Certificate of originality (This is an email or a short letter from a parent or teacher) telling us that what you are entering is YOUR OWN WORK and that we have your and your parents’ permission to publish it in Skipping Stones if judged worthy of inclusion.
• $5 entry fee ($6, if sent by Paypal). Low-income entrants can enter for free, and  your contact information (an e-mail or telephone for you and/or your parents).

Ten winners (and a few noteworthy entries) will be published on our website in late September 2021.
The winners will receive an Honor Award Certificate, complimentary back issues of Skipping Stones, and five nature and/or multicultural books.

Send your award entries (5 entries, max.) to Skipping Stones by e-mail or snail mail at the address below. We can accept electronic files (word.doc/docx, .jpeg, .tiff, or .pdf) as attachments to your email.
Pay the entry fee by Paypal here, or send a check to the address below:

The Editor
Skipping Stones Magazine
P. O. Box 3939
Eugene, OR 97403 USA

2020 Youth Honor Award Winners Announced

Eugene, Sept. 14, 2020.  We are pleased to honor the following students (arranged by their age/grade levels) for their creative work promoting an understanding of cultural diversity and/or appreciation of nature with our annual Youth Honor Awards.  We invite you to see their exemplary writing and art in our Autumn 2020 issue, to be released on Sept. 21, 2020.

Our Hearty Congratulations to the 2020 Youth Winners:

* Emily Yen, 10, Texas, & Aadhya Rakesh, 10, New Jersey, & Aily Wei, 10, New Jersey

* Ms. Milman’s Students at Laurence School, California

* Montserrat Llacuna, 12, Massachusetts, & Leanna Hsu, 12, New York

* Christopher Joszczyk, 13, Connecticut, & Sabrina Guo, 14, New York, & Leah Johnson,14, Virginia

* Claire Zhu, 15, California, & Katharine Tena, 15, Pennsylvania, & Siddhartha Chakilam, 15, India

* Farah Lindsey-Almadani, 16, Washington, & Tina Huang, 16, Virginia

* Xiaohong (Helen) Gui, 17, New York, & Jolin Chan, 17, California

* Lauren Bartel, 16, Florida, & Srinjoyi Lahiri, 17, Texas, & Megan Fan, 17, Michigan

* Anna Kiesewetter, 17, Washington, & Christina Chaperon, 17, Massachusetts

* Alison Karki, 17, New Jersey, & Lorena Sosa, 17, Florida, & Jiayi Liao, 17, P. R. China

In addition to being published in the awards issue, the winners will also receive honor certificates, multicultural and/or nature books, and several issues of the magazine. Joint winners will share the prizes.

The Autumn 2020 issue contains 28 pages of awards submissions. This year, we received so many outstanding entries that we ran out of space in the issue. So a dozen noteworthy entries have been slated for our winter issue (to be published in December 2020).

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