A Huge Win for My Daughter

Recently, my daughter experienced a huge win in her educational journey. She participated in a competition to read and annotate the most books/documents within a set time period. The books were selected from a specific list, so they couldn’t be just any books. She took notes on her personal insights while reading. Then she had to submit her book list and insights and wait.

During the two months of the competition, there were moments of despair. But in the end, she won!

The thing is, she came away with some amazing growth and learning regardless of the outcome of the contest.

The Books that helped her Win

The Gettysburg Address

Carry On Mr. Bowditch

Ender’s Game


The Alchemist

The Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Princess Bride

Euclid’s Elements book 1

Euclid’s Elements book 2

The Wizard of Oz

Leadershift: A Call for Americans to Finally Stand Up

Tools of Money

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

The Coming Aristocracy


Anne Of Green Gables

Declaration of Independence

The One Minute Manager

The Well of Ascension

The Hunger Games

Her Tangible Prize

There was a real, physical prize awarded to my daughter for winning the competition. It was an Easton Press copy of The Federalist Papers. This book is gorgeous.

Her Intangible Prize

My daughter also came away from the experience with some amazing personal wins. First, she worked steadily with no knowledge of how she compared to others. She was only comparing herself to the possible. This sometimes led to feeling overwhelmed, but she learned to carry on anyways.

She gained a ton of knowledge and understanding from the books she read. This knowledge is likely to stick around because she took the time to write down what she was learning and thinking.

In all, the lessons she learned will continue to last her for a lifetime.


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