English Open Challenge Winners: January 2021

POSTED ON MARCH 01, 2021

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The goal for our first English Open Challenge was to provide a platform for youth voices and reflections. Through a personal narrative essay and a podcast, students were asked to synthesize their experiences with COVID and envision a brighter future.

It was an absolute privilege to hear from such a variety of voices and a true challenge to pick just three winners from each league. Students were vulnerable, thoughtful and charismatic in their projects. As a reminder, contestants were judged on both products equally, and the criteria included personal narrative techniques, message, grammar & mechanics, sound mixing/editing, interviewing and originality.

Thank you to all students who submitted their work and shared their unique perspectives! Even if you did not place, we hope you enjoyed the experience and encourage you to compete in our next Open Challenge.

Note: We received too few Senior League submissions to judge them; however, the volume and quality of submissions of Junior League participants was so high that we decided to move 3 of older students to this league.

Learn more about our kids English competitions and events, and register to participate!

Announcing our January 2021 English Open Challenge Winners!

We’re excited to present to you our winners for each league below, and congratulate them for their amazing work.

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Tristan K.
1st Place, Junior League

Read their essay submission.

Listen to Tristan K.’s project:


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Isha V.
2nd Place, Junior League

Read their essay submission.

Listen to Isha V.’s project:




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Maegna R.
3rd Place, Junior League

Read their essay submission.

Listen to Maegna R.’s project:




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Gavin W.
1st Place, Senior League

Read their essay submission.

Listen to Gavin W.’s project:




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Indra K.
2nd Place, Senior League

Read their essay submission.

Listen to Indra K.’s project:




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Aditya R.
3rd Place, Senior League

Read their essay submission.

Listen to Aditya R.’s project:




Honorable Mentions

Based on the number of high quality submissions, we added Honorable Mention categories to recognize excellence in each of the final products.


Aiman I.
Essay Honorable Mention

Read their essay submission.


Simran G.
Podcast Honorable Mention

Listen to Simran G.’s project:



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English at Juni is crafted around creating meaningful projects that teach students how to read strategically, think critically, and write clearly. Adapted from the Common Core State Standards, we will offer courses ranging from Early Elementary to Late High School designed with flexible text sets to fit the reading level and interests of each student.

Students who enjoy personalized instruction or who need an extra boost of confidence in their reading and writing skills will thrive in our 1:1, skills-based core sequence. To complement our core sequence, we will also offer electives that build towards a final, creative writing project that students can add to their portfolio of original work.

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