Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 4: On ‘The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry’

We acquired 836 entries from college students from world wide for the fourth week of our 10-week Summer Reading Contest. Thank you to everybody who participated, and congratulations to our winner, Maggie Liu, in addition to the runners-up and honorable mentions we acknowledge beneath.

Scroll down to try the number of matters — from American historical past and anime to Latin specialists and laundry — that caught the eyes of our contributors this week. You can discover the work of all our winners since 2017 on this column.

Thank you to everybody who participated and please bear in mind to at all times examine the highest of our contest announcement to search out the best place to submit your personal response, any week from now till Aug. 19.

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Maggie Liu, 13, from New Providence Middle School in New Providence, N.J., selected a writing immediate from The Learning Network based mostly on the article “The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry” and wrote:

My sister is a lefty. I’m a righty. We are as reverse as the other could be.

I can’t reside a day with out brushing my hair not less than as soon as. She can reside with big hair knots for weeks. My room is at all times brilliant with a wrinkle-free mattress each morning. Her room is darkish with stuffed animals and laundry socks tucked below the sheets. I like to color in peace. She likes to bang away along with her drum set. I eat with my mates quietly at school, however I hear her laughter from the opposite nook of the cafeteria. We are so reverse that we barely spoke to one another earlier than the pandemic.

In “How Well Do You Get Along With Your Sibling?” Jeremy Engle asks readers, “Has the pandemic made you grow closer to your brothers and sisters?” Yes, my sister and I undoubtedly have grown nearer by way of each day on-line examine and our lunch break collectively. Sure, we struggle much more now, generally fist to fist, like once I tease her about her hygiene habits and she or he stomps into my room to mess up my mattress. But I like that the creator suggested siblings to “find moments where everyone can come together.” We take pleasure in channeling our rivalry to win doubles tennis matches and debate occasions as a workforce. We bike round city, make bubbles and play truth-or-dare in our driveway. We share our darkest secrets and techniques and enjoyable information. In reality, if the pandemic hadn’t struck, my sister and I’d by no means have been this shut. I understand lefty and a righty can generally make an entire.


In alphabetical order by the author’s first identify.

Darío on “Bruce Springsteen Reopens Broadway, Ushering In Theater’s Return”

Keona on “Lee Ross, Expert in Why We Misunderstand Each Other, Dies at 78”

Lily Wasmund on “A Latin Expert’s Odyssey, From the Vatican to the Gay Rights Movement”

Michelle on “Violinist Apologizes for ‘Culturally Insensitive’ Remarks About Asians”

Nadia on “The Battle for 1776”

Seyeon on “How to Hang Your Laundry”

Simon on “Your Smartphone Should Be Built to Last”

Sophie on “Funny or Racist? A Food Bit on James Corden’s Late Show Draws Ire.”

Sue on “Schedule an Appointment With Those Clothes You Haven’t Worn in a Year”

Honorable Mentions

Aaron on “In Rift with Biden, a Dramatic Show of Force by Conservative Catholic Movement”

Annie on “Cooking Through a Crisis With Grandma, Virtually”

Annie on “Since When Have Trees Existed Only for Rich Americans?”

Conner on “Advice for Artists Whose Parents Want Them to Be Engineers”

Emily on “Photos From the Scene of a Tragic Building Collapse in Florida”

Gabriella on “My Ears Might Never Be Bored Again”

Gayathri on “A Private-School Sex Educator Defends Her Methods”

Haruaki on “Anime Is Booming. So Why Are Animators Living in Poverty?”

Janaki on “Milkha Singh, Track Star of Post-Colonial India, Is Dead”

Joyce on “What We Learned From a Year of Crafting”

Olivia on “Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You”

Sophia on “America is Getting Meaner”

Wang on “Women Can Have a Better Menopause. Here’s How.”