McCombs Middle School Student Honored in National Essay Contest

McCombs Middle School eighth grade student Quai Horton has been named one of seven runners-up in the Max Warburg National 2012-2013 Courage in My Community Essay Contest sponsored by the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum.

Quai’s essay Courage! will be published in the 22nd volume of The Courage of Boston Children, an annual publication alongside personal stories of courage written by students from Boston, across the nation and throughout the world.  

“Quai’s essay was not only sincere and heartfelt, but well-written,” said Andria Nelson, 8th grade Language Arts teacher at McCombs Middle School. “He has found a way to turn the challenges he faces into positive learning opportunities and write about those experiences in a fluent, effective essay form. His essay looks toward his hopes and dreams for not only himself, but his family as well. ”

The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum recognizes courage in classrooms across the country through their national essay contest, open to students in grades 5-8 in the United States, outside of Massachusetts. The program engages students in the reading and writing process, while encouraging young people to write about personal experiences with courage.

This is the fourth year of the Courage in My Community National Essay Contest. A record-breaking number of essays were submitted from classrooms across the United States.