Past Student Essays from Polytechnic High School.
Essays from the 2016 Think Tank Challenge.
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Hesper – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

From a huge dilemma such as saving our planet from pollution or a little act of kindness like sharing your last bit of food with a friend, it seems as though we all have something we want to save… […]

John – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

At least once a week my parents remind me how much things cost. “Don’t waste those paper towels, it gets expensive, use less!” they say. And also, “You didn’t wash a full load of laundry, what a waste of water and detergent! […]

Mariah – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

Some people might say that teenagers are the most careless with their money. This might be true for some teens but it sure doesn’t apply to me. Many teen just want to spend money on nonessential items like expensive iPhones, laptops, clothing, etc… […]

Michelle – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

As a young adult in this generation, it has become difficult to save money. We have been exposed to a society where having the most popular product or item is everything. We are influenced by our peers, celebrities, and big companies that in order to “fit in”, we must buy certain things… […]

Sienna – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

In order to have a successful future, it is crucial to manage our money wisely. It’s best to start saving our money as young adults so it’s easier to start securing our life financially for our retirement… […]

Stefan – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

One of life’s equations: financial literacy in conjunction with planning ahead equals a less stressful life, should be integrated in all our financial decisions. The ability to manage finances is crucial in making the transition from adolescence to adulthood… […]

Brianna – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

As young adults we can use a percentage system in our everyday lives to help us become better savers and help us secure the future of our retirement. Saving money now can help us in the future with everything we need to live a comfortable life… […]

Chantel – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

One can never start too early when it comes to preparing for the future. This is especially true for young adults, who are often in a transitional period, trying to secure a place in the world as well as a future… […]

Dayanara – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

Imagine having your dream job. You have worked really hard to get to where you are today. Countless nights without sleep, endless homework, rude professors, you have gone through so much to graduate college and earn your degree… […]

Destinee – Schurr High School

May 9, 2016

Every individual’s first experience with money differs. From a first allowance, to birthday money, or evai paraits’ random change, being given the power to decide what to do with one’s own funds for the first time can be overwhelming… […]