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Definition of Home

Fall Contest Runner Up

CAS for Database

Rachel Ha

Albertson, NY, USA

Herricks High School



I would like to commend the author on experimenting with the bounds of the dictionary structure. Beyond giving the story a niche and entertaining quality, the structure is also reflective of humans, in wanting to find belonging, working to define what home is for them, and where it may be in this world. I love the cascading questions that reveal and shape the multilayered existence of the narrator’s home.


Rachel Ha is a 16-year-old aspiring writer who attends Herricks High School in New York. She loves writing because it is a vehicle for her to be honest and finds it to be a very cathartic experience. Her favorite genre is poetry and in her free time she enjoys baking, listening to Taylor Swift, and fencing.

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