2014 KidSpirit Award Winners Represent Global Youth Voices

Brooklyn, NY—Today KidSpirit announces the winners of its annual KidSpirit Awards, honoring young people around the world for their hard work, creativity, and insights in pieces crafted for KidSpirit Magazine in the last year. Award-winning articles and art this year represent a diverse cross section of youth, with contributors from Maryland, Maine, California, Texas, Massachusetts, India, and Pakistan. Winning pieces include a feature written by a Muslim-American about why she wears the hijab; an essay about whether gender is central to sense of self, uniquely co-authored by both a boy and girl; a California teen’s memoir about a service trip to Kenya; and a trio of essays from KidSpirit’s Interfaith Connections department in which a Quaker, a Catholic, and a Pakistani Muslim explore the question of whether searching for truth is an important part of their spiritual traditions. The PerSpectives award, the only recognition for an adult writer, goes to five-time New York Times bestselling author and renowned speaker Caroline Myss for her essay “Why We Need Heroes,” an original piece penned for KidSpirit’s youth readers about silent acts of everyday heroism. The awards are chosen by over 50 KidSpirit editors in a unique voting process.

Quote of the Day: Former Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone

“The spacious apartment like many residences in the old palaces of the Vatican is being dutifully restored (at my expense). It has been given to me to use temporarily and after me it will benefit someone else. As Pope St. John XXIII used to say, ‘I do not stop to pick up the stones that are thrown at me.” — Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, rebuffing criticisms over a new 6,500 square-foot residence in Vatican City that is being renovated for his use.

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What happens when you realize that God’s not dead?

SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, 2014 – Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn’t she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip Sauvignon Blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin. Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life.