Middle School Student Essay Contest - 2021

iLearn World's essay contest provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to gain writing experience, as well as potential cash prizes, teacher classroom funds, and a copy of book The Road to Yale by Yale Admitted Students. The contest will be open to 7th and 8th graders from December 31st, 2020 until April 20th, 2021. The prompt for 2021 is below:

Online vs. In-person Learning: Which is Better? Write an essay which answers this question through argumentative, narrative, or creative writing. You may use researched evidence, personal experience, or a fictional story, whichever resonates most with you!

Essays will be judged and ranked by iLearn World's Ivy-League college student mentors. Student winners will receive the following prizes on May 12th:


*The 1st place winner will have the opportunity to nominate their English or Humanities teacher for the iLearn World Teacher of the Year Award, which will provide $100 for classroom supplies.

National Essay Contest Result

1st - 5th place:
Christopher Fu, 7th grade, The Peck School, iLearn World student, won a Silver Key at the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2021 Christopher's iLearn World essay
Emma Travis, 8th grade, Eisenhower Middle School
Andrew Lian, 8th grade, Satartia Middle School
Adam Tan, 8th grade, Enterprise Middle School, iLearn World student
Tina Gao, 7th grade, Pizitz Middle School, iLearn World student

6th - 15th place:
Angelina Wang, 8th grade, Millburn Middle School
Andy Sheng, 8th grade, Pizitz Middle School, iLearn World student
Angie Yao, 7th grade, Foothill Middle School
Taylor Gomez, 8th grade, Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science
Will Si, 8th grade, Our Lady Of Mount Carmel
Leying Yang, 7th grade, Creekside Middle School
Kelvin Chen, 8th grade, Happy Valley Middle School
Angie Yao, 7th grade, Foothill Middle School
Jerry Yang, 7th grade, Walter Reed Middle School
Serena Li, 7th grade, Lanier Middle School, iLearn World student
Asvika Gobinathan, 7th grade, Odyssey Charter School

16th - 25th place:
Tara Lekic, 7th grade, Oak Crest middle school
Stella Chen, 8th grade, Dunlap Middle School
Laura Chen, 7th grade, Ames Middle School
Pearl Nguyen, 8th grade, Albuquerque Institute of Math & Science
Delara Mafi, 8th grade, Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science
Hayden Atkinson, 7th grade, York middle school
Liane Lin, 7th grade, Highland Middle School
Harshini kannan, 7th grade, JEI Learning Center
Andrea Kassir , 7th grade, Hull Middle School
Golsa Sadrieh, 8th grade, Jane Lathrop Stanford

Essay Contest Rubric
Essay Contest FAQ
Essay Contest Poster

Essay Contest - 2020 Result

The Team



Jason Han
Project Manager, iLearn World National Essay Contest
Senior, Vestavia High School


Angela Ling
Regional Project Manager, iLearn World National Essay Contest
Senior, Bellaire High School


Ariel Zhou
Regional Project Manager, iLearn World National Essay Contest
Senior, Vestavia High School


Teddy Zhang
Regional Project Manager, iLearn World National Essay Contest
Senior, South Salem High School


Kevin Zhen
Project Consultant, iLearn World National Essay Contest
Yale College Class of 2020, B.A. East Asian Studies


Lynn Han
Project Consultant, iLearn World National Essay Contest
Yale College Class of 2019, B.S. Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology







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