2022 Winner

Haiku for Hiraeth

Lockers In The Sun

Brightly Cheerful This Day Is

Friendship Over Time


Madison McCauley

Banneker Academic High School

Grade: 9


Washington, DC


Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Dream for the Future:

My dream for the future is to succeed in college graduation, and become a successful lawyer or attorney. As for the world? I want progress to continue being made. We’ve made lots so far, but we still have a long way to go. I want to see a future filled with equality and purged of the war, hate and injustice that currently stands.

Inspirational Figure:

My mother inspires me the most, as she’s taught me to be resilient in the tough situation, and to give my all in everything I do. She has always been a role model for me, and I would never trade her for anyone else. My mom’s strength, bravery and intelligence have always motivated me to do the best I can.