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2019 National Essay Contest Winner

Meet Mayah White, the 2019 Courage In My Life Essay Contest Winner from Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis, MA!


By Bronwen Howells Walsh
Posted May 30, 2019 at 3:19 PM

Mayah White, a sixth-grader at Barnstable Intermediate School, was honored by her classmates and teachers yesterday as the winner of the 2019 MAXCourage National Essay Contest.

Now in its 12th year, the contest saw more than 1,200 submissions from Boston students. Some 4,000 students participated worldwide. All of the essays on courage are written by sixth-graders participating in The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum.

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A special Thanks to our honorable mention students:

Camilo Correa Buitrago, Barnstable Intermediate School, Hyannis, MA


Talyah Alsibae, Beverly Hills Academy, Beverly Hills, MI

2018 National Winner

2018 Courage In My Life Essay Contest Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Courage in My Life National Essay Contest:

Rehma Saeed, of Beverly Hills Academy, Beverly Hills, MI.


Fourteen-year-old Rehma Saeed sees courage as standing up for your loved one. Saeed stood up for her grandma when she was ridiculed for speaking her traditional language. “Although that was a day I wish never to relive; it was a very important day in my growth as a person”, Saeed wrote.

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The ninth year of The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's Courage in My Life National Essay Contest saw over 1200 submissions from classrooms across the United States. We have been so inspired by the many stories of perseverance, hope and courage shared by middle school students participating in this year's writing exercise.

A special Thanks to our honorable mention students:
Kayla Kmetz and Sydney Lane
Heritage Middle School, Ringgold, GA

Thank you to Kayla, Sydney, and their teacher, Billie Carlock, for sharing these stories of courage with us!

Give A Brand 2015

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The Max was recently chosen as one of three non-profit finalists in the 2015 Give A Brand contest. Thinkso, a marketing firm in New York City, has graciously donated their time to rebrand a deserving organization, for free!

We now need your help! From now until July 2nd you can vote for The Max by visiting: Voting is allowed once per day. We are honored to be a finalist and hope that you will take a moment to vote and share the news with others. Thank you for your support!

Remembering Mayor Menino

The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum remembers Mayor Thomas M. Menino with gratitude for his support and friendship. Always putting Boston's children first, Mayor Menino set a tremendous example for all those seeking to make a difference in our community. He will be truly missed.