For the past 10 weeks, we have invited teenagers from around the world to tell us what they were reading, watching and listening to in The New York Times and why it caught their attention. Many reacted to the biggest headlines of the summer — the Tokyo Olympics, climate change catastrophes, the fall of Kabul, the surge of the Delta variant. But they also shared passionate, witty and thoughtful takes on everything from criminal justice reform and critical race theory to billionaire spaceflights, texting etiquette , congee, homelessness, pandemic friendships , anti-Asian discrimination, sea gulls, Naomi Osaka, cauliflower fractals, gossip, the economy and skateboarding. Nearly 9,500 total submissions poured in and every week we agonized over choosing just one winner. This week, our final week , was no exception — so we chose two. Congratulations to Gabriel , who wrote about the swish of a basketball net, and Weihan (Lily) Chen , who wrote about the upside of grocery store "ethnic aisles." Together, they show the wide range of topics and writing styles typical of the submissions we received all 10 weeks. As they are every summer, our judges from across The New York Times and educational organizations were impressed… Read full this story
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