Here you will find a colorful map of the United States. By clicking on a state you will find a list of schools that participated in our programs. By clicking on a school you will find, listed by year, the programs and a link from the program to each individual participant’s work.
In the early years participants and even schools were not identified; excerpts from essays were referred to only by a student’s state. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that enough schools across the country were connected to the Internet and we were able for the first time to translate entire essays into html (hyper text markup language) and post them online as they arrived. In earlier years we had to start from scratch and input students' work; sometimes a line or two from a single essay. There were twelve years of only excerpts because essays had to be read, judged and a story constructed featuring the work of each participant. A thousand books had to be printed in time for distribution to high school seniors in the Midwest by early May. The time constraint prevented us from posting entire essays.