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Twelve Peace Essay Contest state winners from Maya Inspektor's AP English Language class!
Editor's Note from Susan Richman: I was so proud to hear this wonderful news from our daughter Maya about her AP English Language online students. I think this helps families see, too, that often work in an AP (Advanced Placement) online class in our program can have 'spill over' impact into further challenges that a student may take on-- I know that many of my AP US History students did very well in various history essay and project contests this year (not to mention homeschool speech and debate leagues!), and I know many of our AP science students take part in science-related contests, and that several AP Studio Art students earned scholarship and contest awards. Once students get the courage to try for a higher challenge, you never know where they might end up!
Maya Richman Inspektor, AP English Online teacher
To whet the appetites of the eight students who will attend this year's awards seminar in Washington D.C., here's what some past state winners said about the experience.
I have to start out by saying I am really excited for you guys! Not only are you fortunate enough to have ended up in Ms. Inspektor’s wonderful AP English Language class, but you are about to start writing what could very well be the most important essay in your life. I know it was for me! The process of researching and writing the essay, and the awards program changed my life more than any other experience I‘ve had.
I’ve always had a drive to help people somehow, but before last year the BIG issues seemed so far out of my reach I couldn’t imagine being able to effect them. The people in Darfur, or Haiti, or any other war and poverty torn region in desperate need of aid seemed completely beyond anything I could do to help. I had decided I would be a Therapist, and left it at that. During this process I learned about so many remarkable individuals, normal people with extraordinary drive, who have done so much for the places in the world that need their effort most. I realized that there’s nothing keeping me from being like the people I admire so much. My career goal right now is to work for NGOs bringing Psychological aid to traumatized victims of conflict around the world, and I have never felt more passionately about anything. Now, the USIP Essay isn’t necessarily going to turn your life in a completely different direction, but I think it’s impossible to partake in it without having your prospective on the world changed in some way.
As if that’s not enough, the scholarship money and bragging rights for your college applications are not the only rewards awaiting you. The United States Institute of Peace really pulls out the stops when it come to us. The Awards Program was one of the craziest yet most fun weeks of my life. There are so many opportunities to learn, we get a kind of access and time from important people a DC graduate student would kill for. But the best thing about the USIP week, by far, are your fellow winners. In the five days we were together my USIP friends and I formed a really amazing bond. I can’t describe the energy at the Awards Ceremony. All the people there really believe in us, and in our ability to change the world. There’s nothing like it.
Anna is now spending a gap year volunteering at an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, inspired by her experience in the Peace Essay Contest.
I wanted to thank you for telling us about and encouraging us to participate in the United States Institute of Peace NationalPeace Essay Contest. It was the best week of my life thus far! While very few people--one exception being [AP Lang classmate] Jessi Countryman--shared my worldview, these were some of the most amazing people I have ever met. The camp was life-changing, though maybe not in the way that it would be for most of the campers. It makes me more convinced that there is a need for people who believe what I believe to be active and vocal leaders in America, because the other side certainly has its share of them. I feel so motivated to be a difference-maker. I don't think I can thank you enough for encouraging us to participate in this contest; you have given me some direction in life, I think.
Comment by Evan Booher, 4/14/2011:
I will add my thanks to Mrs. Inspektor here (the APLang WWW board is already filled with them!). The peace essay competition was probably the most fun part of this class, but Mrs. Inspektor's entire class has been amazingly helpful and fun. This was actually the first class I have ever taken that my parents did not teach (excluding Bible classes at church), and I couldn't have wanted a better teacher than Mrs. I! A hesitant and uncomfortable writer has become a strong and confident one through this class (and one who really ENJOYS writing now, too). I have not only had great oppurtunites to write, but chances to read and discuss literature by authors from Homer to Machiavelli to Dickens to Thoreau. I genuinely thank Mrs. Inspektor for such a great year and recommend as strongly as I can her class to all other students!
Comment by Luke Burns, 4/14/2011:
I did not place in my state (PA), but this essay undoubtedly improved my writing, and I have undying gratitude for Mrs. Inspektor and all the help from my classmates for such a new and amazing experience.
The class isn't over yet, but I want to put this on the internet: I recommend this class to everyone. It has inspired me in countless ways and has engaged me ten times more than any other English class I had in the past-- and this is my first year home schooling. That says a lot, I think, when I can say an online class is more engaging than any "real-life" class I've had.
Thank you Mrs. I and everyone in my class!