Young Writers Project November selections

Students were asked to use this photo to spark their imagination and write in any genre. (Photo by Becca LeBlanc, Essex High School)

The Young Writers Project receives several hundred submissions from students in Vermont and New Hampshire each week in response to writing prompts and they select the best for publication here and in 20 other newspapers and on This month, the Observer publishes responses to the prompts regarding the photo above and General writing in any genre. Read more at


Photo Prompt

The Crossing

By Chandler Lehman 

Grade 6, Williston Central School 

One morning close to Mount Mansfield Forest, there was a turtle trying to cross the road.

It was as hot as the Mojave Desert. The road was very busy normally and was especially busy in the mornings.  So every day the turtle slowly tried to cross, but always failed.

He wanted to cross because on the other side was his home and a small pond. He was also very thirsty. So he tried to cross one last time.

He had started to crawl across when all the sudden he heard a giant tractor coming. Quickly, he crawled to the center of the road and at the last second, the tractor came by and the turtle hid in his shell and the tractor barely touched his shell. He was safe and only had to cross one lane when all a sudden a speeding car came zooming by and hit a sign that went flying and hit the ground next to the turtle.

Frightened, he scurried to the middle of the next lane.  He noticed he was in the middle and tried to get to the other side as quickly as he could, and then a semi truck came flying by…

On the other side, in his shell, he waited with his eyes closed.  He peeked his head out, opened his eyes and thankfully walked back to his home, safely and carefully.

The Sign

By Kayleigh Bushweller 

Grade 5, Williston Central School 

I was walking along a stone path.

I saw fluffy clouds, tall bushes, blue sky.

The fluffy clouds were shaped into kittens.

The bushes were corn stocks with good corn on them.

The blue sky was so blue that it could make me blind.

The mountains were so beautiful they almost made me faint.

I came across a sign that said DANGER. DO NOT ENTER.

The sign was rusty.
It made me want to turn back, but I did not…

General writing


By Rachel Hoar

Grade 6, Williston Central School

Have you ever seen or done gymnastics? I believe that gymnastics takes courage, strength, passion and determination… This sport is so tough. Just think that you could be at gymnastics for three hours working hard and coming home with sweaty hair and body. It’s not pleasant!

Imagine yourself doing a round off back handspring or a front tuck on beam.

Sometimes I think to myself, “Why do I do this?” I do it because it’s not rocket science; it’s strength and you have friends there to help you along the way.

Even though it’s dangerous—like you could fall on your head doing a front tuck—you just have to fight your fear. Sometimes fear can take over. A year ago, it took over me. I fell on my back doing a round double round off back handspring.

I was so scared to do it again, I would cry. But I had to tell myself to fight my fears. That was my biggest lesson. And just remember, gymnastics is not easy.

To Talk, Or to Not Be

By Maddie Huber

Grade 7, Williston Central School

Sometimes you feel like the whole world is rushing like traffic in New York City.

You feel that as many times as you repeat what you are saying, no one seems to hear, like the busy businessmen on the streets.

It just takes one person to care, to listen. If they don’t listen, I don’t know what to say, and then the whole world would be silent.

Then there would be the one no one ever listened to. I could grow up to be someone as smart as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

But most of all, if no one ever listened, you could grow up to be that one person who never has anything to say; so they just watch, as the price of gas rises and lowers in this rushing river of life.


Williston Observer teams up with Young Writers Project 

Each month, the Williston Observer will print local selections from the Young Writers Project, an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences.

Teachers and students, from kindergarten through grade 12, are encouraged to participate in Young Writers Project by submitting the best work done in class or outside of school, and by responding to these weekly prompts. A team of students, volunteers and YWP staff selects the best work to be published in 20 newspapers in Vermont and New Hampshire and on each week.

To post work on, log in, click “Write” to create a blog, fill in the title and body of the work and give it a genre tag. For publication in the Newspaper Series, click “Yes” just

below the “Save” button. Fill out the information boxes (prompt, author name, school, grade; author name will not be publicly visible). Don’t forget to click “Save”! Students are also encouraged to upload photos, scanned artwork or audio narrations. More information on

YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If you would like to contribute, please go to, or mail your donation to YWP, 12 North St., Suite 8, Burlington, VT 05401.