This article was originally published by Cecilia Drueding at Wilson Architects, and has been republished with their permission. 

This month, Wilson Architects took part in honoring some of Boston’s greatest student journalists from the city’s WriteBoston program. WriteBoston, founded in 2002 by Mayor Thomas Menino, is a non-profit organization that provides student writing opportunities and educator training programs, in an effort to help students become skilled, academic writers.

One of WriteBoston’s most popular endeavors is Teens in Print, Boston’s only citywide newspaper written by and for teens, ages 15 to 18-years old. Since its start in 2004, the paper has given more than 1,000 teens a platform to share their journalistic abilities. Each issue, student contributors have the opportunity to win a cash prize and a special mention in Teens in Print for their writing piece, via the Rising Voices Award. Three winners are chosen by a panel of judges from a Boston-area corporate sponsor and this issue, Wilson Architects had the pleasure of serving as the judges.

Each submission was judged on criteria such as sentence structure, tone, grammar, and creative content. It was not an easy decision choosing the winners—The WA team was blown away by the talent of the young writers, and their ability to produce well-researched, thought-provoking pieces on a variety of topics. After determining the winners, WA hosted the Rising Voices Awards Ceremony, announcing the winners and honoring all of the students for their talent and achievements. It was a very inspiring day for everyone.

You can read the winners below:

This special opportunity gave us a chance to see how WriteBoston and Teens in Print is positively affecting the lives of young journalists and serving as the voice of young adults in the city of Boston. We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful things this organization continues to do for Boston’s aspiring young writers.

Thank you again to Wilson Architects for publishing this article on their website, and for sponsoring our Rising Voices Awards!