Senior Earns Honorable Mention in New York Times Essay Contest


Congratulations to senior Lauren Avery, who recently earned an Honorable Mention designation from The New York Times Sixth Annual Student Editorial Contest

Lauren’s essay, "The Case Against the Word Caucasian,” was selected as one of 70 nationwide winners from more than 10,500 student submissions. In her essay, Lauren explores the roots of the term "caucasian" and how its connection to the pseudoscience of phrenology — the study of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities — perpetuates a cycle of racism.

Lauren researched the topic as part of Ms. DeLuca’s Gender Studies class. Throughout the literature course, students explore gender theory and criticism, as well as the intersectionality of oppression among all groups who experience it — including how language can be used as a tool of oppression. Students also analyze articles and opinion pieces and consider what makes for effective persuasive writing — and ultimately applied those concepts to writing their own editorial on a related topic of their choice.  
 

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