Young Writers Essay Contest 2017
Congratulations to the winners of Parenting New Hampshire’s 2017 Young Writers Essay Contest. So many outstanding essays about the “perfect day” were submitted to this year’s contest that it was difficult to choose just a few to highlight. Thank you to all the essayists who entered this year’s contest and keep writing! — Melanie Hitchcock, Editor
OVERALL WINNER: MADELYNE CYR
Madelyne, 11, lives in Weare with her dad, mom and younger brother, Maddix. She loves sports and plays soccer, basketball and track. When she’s not playing a sport, she enjoys spending time with her friends. She also enjoys spending a lot of time with her family at their camp at Success Pond, and at the beach in Madison, Conn. Thank you to Madelyne’s fifth-grade teacher this past year, Mrs. Dionne, who encouraged her writing and made a huge difference for Madelyne in making writing fun.
My great-grandfather, old Pépère, died on June 26, 2017, so my perfect day would be spending it with him. Where I would like to go with him is our camp up in Berlin called Success Pond. Old Pépère loved it there.
When we go there the weather is 88. He would take me and my brother out on the pontoon boat and I would jump and dive off it. After I dry off I would lie on the hammock in the sun and he could tell me how he built our old camp brick by brick. Then we would have lunch; he loved Saltines and butter so that’s what we would have. After that we would go for a ride in the Jeep to see if we see wildlife. Then we would go blueberry picking in front of our camp. We eat more than what we picked.
From what we picked we make blueberry pie. Next we go fishing and catch a largemouth bass. It is starting to get late so we head back. We start to get dinner ready and we have the largemouth bass, blueberry pie, lemonade, and Saltines and butter. A little later it starts to get dark and it’s time to roast marshmallows. Right after we roast marshmallows we watch fireworks and just talk. I miss him so much. That would be my perfect day.
WINNER, AGE 7 & YOUNGER: JONATHAN CAMIRE
Jonathan Camire, 7, lives in Manchester with his mémère, pépère and his dad. His favorite movie is The LEGO Batman Movie and he loves to go to the mountains and go swimming when he isn’t spending time with his pets or playing Pokemon. Jonathan has two brothers and a sister.
My perfect day is Oct. 8 because it’s my birthday and close to Halloween. I love to spend time with my mom. I love my “pépère and me days.” We start out in the morning by playing my 3DS or the tablet and we watch TV together. Then my pépère makes bacon.
We run errands together and then we go to my favorite place to eat, Wendy’s. I have two cheeseburgers with ketchup only, a soda, a Frosty and French fries.
My favorite game to play is Pokemon. I play at Double Midnight Comics and at the city library. My favorite TV show is Sponge Bob. I love playing with my cat, Treecko and my rabbit, Patrick.
WINNER, AGE 8-11: SOPHIE DANDAWA
Sophie, 10, lives in Derry with her parents, her younger brother, Sam, and their cat, Snap. She will be in fifth grade at South Range Elementary School this year. Sophie’s passion is playing sports, especially soccer.
She also plays basketball and recently competed in her first track and field event. Besides sports, Sophie loves school, her friends, and reading. Her favorite books are the Kicks series and the Baby-Sitters Club. When she grows up, Sophie hopes to play soccer in the Olympics and be a scientist.
Although a day at the beach would be fun, my perfect day would be at a soccer game. My perfect day would start out with me and my mom, dad, brother, and cat flying to Brazil to watch a U.S. Women’s National Team soccer game. I would want my day to take place on a sunny, late spring day. After the game I would want to meet the players. Then I would want to go out to dinner with my family and Alex Morgan. After dinner I would want to walk around Brazil for a little while. I would buy some clothes from shops as souvenirs. Later that night I would go see a Brazilian band play and dance to the music as well.
Then I would have my family go to our hotel room while I went to a stadium to practice and get tips from Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd. After practice I would go out for ice cream with them and get my favorite flavor, double chocolate brownie. When we finished our ice cream I would stop at one more shop. At that shop, I would buy presents like jewelry and tiny statues to give to my friends back at home. A day at the beach could never be as fun as a day like that.
WINNER, AGE 12 & OLDER: LILY COADY
Lily, 15, lives in Hollis and has two siblings – a younger sister, Lara and an older brother, Parker. She calls herself a vocal feminist and is a co-founder of her school’s Political Action Club. Her favorite literary works include Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman. She loves to dance, draw (or do anything related to art), and, of course, write.
There is beauty in simplicity. Think of the vibrant colors in a single flower petal, or the rippling of a droplet hitting the surface of water. Thus, my perfect day would be simple.
I start by waking up early, but I still feel fully rested. The sun is shining through my curtains as if they were lanterns. The birds are chirping ever so quietly out the window. A breeze gusts through a cherry blossom tree, setting hundreds of flowers into the air, falling like snow.
I exit my room and smell buttery pancakes being cooked downstairs. When I enter the kitchen, my family is sitting at the table. My dad is still at the stove, plating the last pancake. We all eat together and converse about the day to come.
We next go to the beach. I soak up the sun rays and inhale the sweet ocean air. My sister and I go into the water, which at first is alarmingly cold, but becomes gradually warmer as time goes on. We play, splash, and smile. After the tips of our fingers start to get all pruney, we go back on shore and join my parents.
Here is the best part: we all just talk. We reestablish our closeness to each other. We talk about old memories, and new ones that we just made. We talk about movies, and books, and each other, and everything in between. The sun begins to fall into a sky of flaming reds and oranges. My family and I watch until the sun disappears, and we decide it’s a good time to go home. When we get back, we all crash on the couch and fall asleep together.
My day wouldn’t be extravagant or excessive; it would be simple, and it would be perfect.