Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 30, 2014
Teen blogging community, StageofLife.com, asked thousands of junior high, high school, and college students questions about the importance of high school graduation as part of its monthly international writing contests and teen poll.
The student survey results revealed the following statistics about teenagers and graduation:
Over 4,400 students visited StageofLife.com writing contest and survey page during the graduation season and over 185+ teen bloggers submitted a personal essay to StageofLife.com sharing a speech they would give if elected to speak at graduation.
The winning 1st place student essay, Words to the Grads: Pack Light was written by Nikki Einsig from York, PA, who graduated from Red Lion Area Senior High School in May.
When asked about why she entered the writing contest, Einsig told StageofLife.com, "Writing has always been a way to get out what I couldn't say, whether it was because I didn't know how to say it, or because no one was around to listen. Sometimes, I don't even love writing. I get frustrated and annoyed with my words and cringe at what I've previously written. But not writing isn't an option. It's an itch I have to scratch."
The winning 1st place non-student essay was submitted by Kelsey McMurtrey from Lexington, KY in her story, "Words to the Grades: Through Their Eyes."
When asked about the relevance of this topic to her life, McMurtrey stated, "I was intrigued by the prospect of writing about a specific topic, but keeping my essay geared to my stage of life, as a mom."
Stage of Life also selected a winner from its “Short Short Story” Twitter contest which tied into the graduation writing prompt. The winning Tweet came from @janani_sg who wrote, “To my class, who made procrastination - a ludicrous way of living and studying - an irksome habit.”
Winners from the writing and Twitter contests received gift cards from StageofLife.com educational corporate sponsors Applebee's, IHOP, Papa John's, and SpaWeek.com.
To read all of the essays and download the full teen statistics report on this and other monthly writing contests and teen trends, visit StageofLife.com.
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StageofLife.com is a startup company founded by Joe and Eric Thiegs in 2009. The website's mission is to change the world, one story at a time. It welcomes nearly 1,000,000 teens, teachers and parents each year as it provides an international writing community and resources for today's teen, Millennial, Gen X, and Baby Boomer generations.