Four BB&N seniors have received top honors in the annual Junior Profile Contest, the final event in the cornerstone English project for all eleventh graders. Deliberating over the summer, a panel of judges—writers and editors outside of BB&N—has awarded first prize to Leyla Ewald '19, second prize (tie) to Avik Sarkar '19 and Klara Kuemmerle '19, and third prize to Laila Shadid '19.
For over 35 years, the Junior Profile project has challenged students to harness their practiced skills in analytical thinking and writing about literature and apply them to a subject beyond the classroom walls. Over the course of six weeks, through several drafts, and with the ongoing feedback of their teachers, they produce an 8-to-10-paged New Yorker-style profile of an interesting person at work.
In addition to the professions depicted in the prize-winning profiles, others in this year's pool of outstanding essays include a mammalogist, a bread baker, a glassblower, a district court judge, a Russian cobbler, an Indian classical dance instructor, and an Olive Garden waitress.
Click here for a sampling of the winning profiles.
Above: From left, Klara Kuemmerle, Avik Sarkar, Leyla Ewald, Laila Shadid, all Class of 2019