Since she lost my grandfather to cancer, she realizes how lucky she is to have a functional body and no life-threatening illnesses.
Even though I am only 12 years old, I know my life won’t last forever, and someday I, too, will reflect on my past decisions.Plus, we share an essay from teacher Charles Sanderson, who also responded to the writing prompt.Middle School Winner: Rory Leyva High School Winner: “As I’ve aged, things that are more personal to me have become somewhat less important.My grandma is motivated to maintain good health so she can be there for her family.I can relate because I have to be fit and strong for my team.From the hundreds of essays written, these eight were chosen as winners.Be sure to read the author’s response to the essay winners and the literary gems that caught our eye.Once my grandma went to college, she made lots of friends.She met my grandfather, Joaquin Leyva when she was working as a park ranger and he was a surfer.I started playing for the Rose City Rollers Juniors two years ago, and this year, I made the Rosebud All-Stars travel team. The physicality and intense training make me feel in control of and present in my body. I love my friends more than I love almost anything else.My roller derby team is like a second family to me. My family would have been higher on my list a few years ago, but as I’ve aged it has been important to make my own social connections.about feeling the music.