September 3, 2014

Leffler finalist in ‘YES!’ essay contest

Mitch Leffler

Mitch Leffler

Observer staff report

A Williston high school student was selected as a finalist in YES! Magazine’s 2013 national student writing competition.

Vermont Commons School senior Mitch Leffler was chosen as one of the top three high school finalists in the magazine’s essay contest for his piece, entitled “Is Enough, Enough?”

YES! Magazine, a quarterly non-profit publication dedicated to finding solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, invites students in middle school through college to write an essay on a selected YES! article each quarter.

Leffler’s essay was written in response to an article published on the YES! Magazine website in September, written by Simon Okelo.

In “Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff,” Okelo discusses his experience growing up with next to nothing in Kenya, and how his experience with the abundance of stuff in the United States taught him to appreciate the life he grew up with.


  1. Louis M. Izzo says:

    I take frequent walks in my neighborhood and surrounding sidewalks/roads on Industrial Avenue and Rt 2-A and occasionally see what appears to be a dog-poop bag, nicely tied, but simply left there in the road or on the sidewalk. I would like to remind dog-walkers that this is not appropriate. Please carry it off.

    Thank you for meeting your legal responsibilities.

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