Teens shun social media and write about it!!

Over 400 high school students participated in Challenge #1 and gave up technology for 24 hours.  Their essays were insighful on both, personal and global, levels.  And here are the winners:

1st Place: Liam Connolly, Gateway High School

2nd Place: Sydney Kaboly, Woodland Hills High School

3rd Place: Nereida Cowfer, A. W. Beattie Career Center

Special Merit Awards:

Gina Bao, North Allegheny Senior High School

Allison Ulven, Moon Area High School

Sarah Coyne, Seneca Valley Senior High School

Congratulations to ALL who took the challenge!


Middle School “Go Outside” Poems Inspired by Nature

And the winners of Challenge 1B are:

1st Place: Elsa Tonkinwise, The Ellis School

2nd Place: Maggie Shissler, St. Sylvester School

3rd Place: Laura Schwendeman, Carson Middle School

Special Merit Awards:

Gianna Pasqualino, Shaffer Elementary/Woodland Hills Academy 6th grade

Jenna Miller, West Shamokin Jr/Sr High School

For Haiku: Kiera Harrell-Danks, The Ellis School

For largest number of participants (215!): David E. Williams Middle School


Middle School Students Detach from Phones for 24 hours

,…and discovered that you can talk to people face to face or take a  walk with your friends in a park or play an instrument.  All kinds of possibilities were revealed, as well as the concept of saving energy by unplugging!  We know this because you wrote about the experience in your terrifically insightful essays.  Here are the winning entries for Challenge 1A:

1st Place: Anna Yaksich, Springdale Junior High School

2nd Place: Emily Ehrenberger, Shaler Area Middle School

3rd Place: Brandon Skalniak, St. Sylvester School

Special Merit Awards:

Catie Summers, The Ellis School

Ella Backauskas, Carson Middle School

Challenge #1 deadline: Oct. 24th

MC900433804How will the teens and tweens survive 24 hours without their phones (among other things)?  We can’t wait to find out when the entries roll in on Friday, October 24th.  The deadline is 5 p.m.  However, since we like to be flexible and do not like to cause undue stress, we will accept any entries postmarked by this 5 p.m. deadline, as well.

Rubric for Challenge #1 is posted!

Challenge #1 rubrics are now posted.   See: Challenges in Depth, Challenge #1 under “Additional information.”   In fact we will be posting the rubrics for each of the challenges here on the blog.    This is still a work in progress, but all the rubrics will be posted in plenty of time for you to use them to your benefit.   Thanks, teachers, for the great idea!