Youth Honors Awards

The 2022 Youth Honor Awards on:

Peace Within, Peace in Our World

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Youth Honor Award winners.

** Ariatna G. Claudio, age 7, Maryland, & Tang Li, age 9, Florida.

 **  Lilian Wang, age 10,  Washington, & Mila Brown, grade 4, California.

** Nikita Paas, age 11, New York, & Avishi Gurnani, age 11, Singapore. 

** Emily Tang, age 13, North Carolina, & Jaslene Kwack, age 12, Illinois.

** Teresa Zhang, age 16, New York, & James Wan, age 14, Pennsylvania.

** Kirin Mohile, age 16, New York, & Danielle Lee, age 16, New Jersey.

** Rebecca Park, h.s. junior, Michigan, & Shannon Ma, age 16, California.

* Katherine Han, age 17, Texas.

* Camille Campbell, age 17,  Arizona.

** Students of Share Ground Project in Seoul, South Korea.

Hearty Congratulations to all our winners! 

Note: ** indicates Joint winners

We received so many outstanding entries for the awards that we ran out of space for all entries we wanted to publish in this issue.We’ll publish many more pieces by the award winners along with other Noteworthy Entries on our website and in our next issue. Complimentary copies of the Awards issue are being mailed (along with the honor certificates and award prizes) to the winners and the contributors! Read the winning entries as well as some of the noteworthy entries in the latest issue here.

 



Peace Within, Peace in Our World

Multicultural & Interfaith Understanding • Traditions & Celebrations • Diversity & Tolerance • Dreams & Visions • International & Intercultural Experiences • Family & Society Nature & Ecology • Energy & Climate Issues • Youth Activism • Peace & Justice • Spirituality & Faith Traditions Gratitude • Non-violence…

We invite youth (ages 7 to 17) to share their creative writing, photo essays, and/or artwork on the theme: Peace Within, Peace in Our World. The way towards finding peace within as well as working for peace in the world is often a journey even more than a destination.

Some questions and thoughts to help you get your creative juices flowing:

  • Describe in words or using an image a time you experienced a moment of peace and serenity within—how did you feel? What was around you?
  • How do you work towards achieving peace in your home, school, or community? What or who inspires you to seek peace? What would peace in your life or community look like to you?
  • Tell us about a time you found a peaceful solution to a conflict. How do you keep your cool during challenging times with peers or family?
  • How can human societies live in harmony with nature?
  • What is your ideal community, friendship or relationship with yourself?
  • Your role models that promote and practice peaceful paths

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. 33, no. 2, Vol. 32, no. 4, and Vol. 31, 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.
Send your best entries (up to 5 entries per person) via e-mail or snail mail by MAY 5, 2022.

Please include:
• A cover letter telling about yourself and your submission, your age, address and tel. number or e-mail so we can contact you and send you the awards issue when ready.

• 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.

• $6 entry fee. Every one will receive the Awards issue when published in late summer. Low-income entrants can enter for free. Simply tell us that it’s a low-income entry.

• Please do not forget to include your contact information (e-mail/ tel. no. for you/your parents & teacher).

Ten winners (and a few noteworthy entries) will be published on our website in mid- August 2022.
The winners will receive an Honor Award Certificate, a few complimentary back issues of Skipping Stones, and five nature and/or multicultural books.

Send your award entries (5 entries, max.) by April 25, 2022 by e-mail or snail mail at the address below. We will accept electronic files (word.doc/docx, .jpeg, .tiff, or .pdf) as attachments to your email.

You can pay entry fee by Paypal here, or send your entry with a check for $6 to the address below:

The Editors
Skipping Stones Magazine
166 W 12th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401 USA

E-Mail: editor(AT)skippingstones(DOT)org

We will announce the youth award winners by mid-August 2022. Ten winners as well as a few noteworthy entries will be published in the Skipping Stones AWARDS Issue to be released by Sept. 1, 2022.

2021 Skipping Stones Honor Awards:

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 (Closed)

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
166 W 12th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401 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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