I was going through old files recently, looking for something unrelated, and found this.
Apparently, I entered NC's Earth Day 1971 essay contest and got a best-from-this-school commendation.
I say "apparently," because my first reaction when I turned this up a couple months ago, after not seeing it for a lot of years, was to blink confusedly and say, "I did?"
It only took a few seconds to recall "Oh, yeah, that's right, I did." And I still don't know what I wrote.
All I can tell you is that I didn't write an essay. I remember that much. Hey, I'm really Special, I don't do Rules. So I wrote a story, or a poem, or something. Which undoubtedly did not meet the judging criteria, about which I undoubtedly did not care. This would be Junior year in high school and my contempt for everything was pretty over-the-top.
You could NOT "make me" go beyond what I had to do to minimally please authorities who, I was certain, had none of my best interests at heart and lived only to make kids miserable because they could. I resented required Phys. Ed., I resented math requirements and made D's in them, I despised losing a Saturday morning sleep-in to take some blastended SAT test and did not give up any additional precious hours studying for it. My scores reflected my approach to life.
So I was going to write what I wanted to write, to Bleep with their rules. Which makes it even nicer that they gave me a nod. They managed to compliment my Free Spiritedness, without over-rewarding a contestant who didn't follow the instructions.
I wonder what i wrote....