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Congratulations to the 2016 “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest winners!

Teen Essay Reception

(L-R) Lily Safani, Britney Franco, Haley Essig, Dennis Paoli, and Tonya Hurley at the Teen Essay Reception.

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The It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest provides NYC high school students the opportunity to share stories about their experience with cancer. The essay simply needs to be about how cancer has touched your life – whether you have it, had it, or know someone who has. All essays are read and reviewed by a panel of judges and the top three essays will receive prizes.

Thank you to this year’s Judges:
[row] [col type=”2″] [/col] [col type=”4″] Tonya Hurley. New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed ghostgirl series, The Blessed Trilogy & Feathervein (Fall 2017)
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[/col] [col type=”4″] Kami Garcia. #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels and author of the Unbreakable & the Lovely Reckless (Fall 2016)
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[/col] [col type=”4″] Kresley Cole. New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles
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[/col] [col type=”4″] Jonathan Maberry. New York Times bestselling author, comic boom writer, anthology editor and 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner
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[/col] [col type=”4″] Ally Condie. Author of Summerlost and the internationally bestselling Matched Trilogy.
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Past judges have included:  Holly BlackBecca Fitzpatrick, Gayle Forman, Adele Griffin, Lev Grossman, Jenny Han, Maureen Johnson, Marisa Marchetto, Georgia McBride, Rainbow Rowell, Margaret Stohl, Melissa Walker, Robin Wasserman, and more.

Winners of the “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest

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[/col] [col type=”3″] Second Place
[/col] [col type=”3″] Third Place
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2015
[/col] [col type=”3″] “Sweet Caroline”
by Caroline Schneider
[/col] [col type=”3″] “A Touch of Cancer”
by Ericson Hernandez
[/col] [col type=”3″] “Red Lipstick”
by Aliyha Gill
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2014
[/col] [col type=”3″] “My Mother’s Smile”
by Landon Allen
[/col] [col type=”3″] On Being Alone”
by Iolanthe Brooks
[/col] [col type=”3″] “The Smell of Antiseptic
by Joy Feinberg
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2013
[/col] [col type=”3″] “A Soft Blow”
by Kayla Halvey
[/col] [col type=”3″] Diagnosis
by Cassidy Latham
[/col] [col type=”3″] “Indelible”
by Annie Fan
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2012
[/col] [col type=”3″] Aloha Mahuakine- A Story in Pictures
by Emma Burger
[/col] [col type=”3″] “A Suburban Life
By Andrea Baatz
[/col] [col type=”3″] “An Inspiration to Us All
By Jared May
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No purchase or obligation is necessary.  Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased multi-round judging process.

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