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Living Through the Coronavirus

… the conversation continues

When COVID-19 shut down the state of Michigan, we knew we needed to stay connected. We needed to hear each other’s stories to process the strange new world we were living in. That’s why the National Writers Series created the Life in the Time of the Virus competition, offering awards in various categories to writers who expressed the challenges, heartaches, confusion, and even silver linings of the pandemic. Read on to hear from the writers of northern Michigan during one of the most turbulent moments of our lifetimes.

3rd Place – Create

by Emma Laible, 04/02/2020, Traverse City, Mi High School Category “Oh my gosh! No school for three weeks! This is gonna be great!” “Ugh, that means I have to turn in all of my late assignments by tomorrow.” “Girls, this is serious. This isn’t something we should be celebrating.” . . .

3rd Place – Internal Drama

by Akyedzi Acheampong, 05/12/2020, Traverse City, MI Elementary K-5 Category Hi, my name is Akyedzi but you can call me Chez and this is what is going on in my head. Wait can pigs fly? When did I get a cow? Oh, I don't have a cow. What's the difference between a potato and a potato? Why am I doing this anyway? Oh yeah it is for a prize. Now I am . . .

3rd Place – New Tricks for Old Dogs

by Robert Brintnall, 06/13/2020, Buckley, MI Adult Category New Tricks for Old Dogs At a staff meeting earlier this year the principal demonstrated a teaching tool where kids held up a special card to represent their answer to a question. Then the teacher could scan the whole room with an app on their phone and instantly project the results on a screen . . .

3rd Place – Weirdest Bike Ride Ever

by Alex Reynolds, 04/08/2020, Traverse City, MI Middle School 6-8 Category Let’s go for a bike ride,” my mom said. “Ok,” I replied. “But let’s go to the library this time.” I had been out of school for 3 weeks because schools were closed due to COVID19 . . .