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 March 31st, 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 our essay contest team iLearn World's Yale college student mentors. Student winners will receive the following prizes on April 28th:


*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.


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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