Last week, The Max hosted its 20th Annual Essay Judging at the Boston Public Library and selected the sixth-grade students who will become our 2011 Max Warburg Fellows. More than 100 volunteers from all walks of life came together to read essays from the "Courage in My Life" participants and select a handful to represent their classes and their schools. This was no easy task as we received over 2,000 essays this year and each essay details an individual student's unique, personal story.
The winning essays do not always have perfect spelling or the best grammar; instead, they are the essays that best exemplify what it means to be courageous and how courage can show up in our lives. Though we cannot choose every student's essay, we do read each and every one. Whether a student is honored as a Max Warburg Fellow or not, they will know that their story is important and they are courageous.
Many of our judges have participated year after year, coming back again and again because this is their favorite part of our program. They are often thrilled to be a part of this event and some have even said that this year's Essay Judging was "the best ever!" We want to extend our greatest thanks to everyone who helped read essays this year. We could not do it without you!