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Middle school winners Harrison McDonald, Wesley Helmer, Kit Atteberry, and Blake Turley pose with librarian Misti Knight. Cooper Neill for NPR hide caption

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These middle school students have a warning about teens and social media

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Tegan Nam won the 2022 Student Podcast Challenge for high school with their story about using humor to process trauma. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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After a lockdown, students found comfort in humor. But what are the jokes hiding?

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Four years into her life in the U.S., Aria Young has realized she wants more balance between the two halves of herself — Yáng Qìn Yuè of Shanghai and Aria Young of New York City. Mohamed Sadek for NPR hide caption

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A Chinese student Americanized her name to fit in. It took more to feel she belonged

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From left to right: Teachers Mark Sujak, Sarah Lorraine, Jeremy Robinson and Sophia Faridi pose with students and podcast finalists Julian Fausto and Eric Guadarrama for portraits in front of Morton East High School, in Cicero, Ill. Olivia Obineme for NPR hide caption

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Makiyah Hicks and Jonetta Harrison in front of their high school, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, in Washington, D.C. They are finalists in this year's NPR Student Podcast Challenge for their entry "Loss and Transformation." Dee Dwyer for NPR hide caption

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These Students Grew Up Around Gun Violence. They Decided It Was Time To Talk About It.

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High schoolers Ethan Lincoln, Kaylee King and Jamin Crow's podcast about their experiences subsistence hunting is a finalist in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The students are pictured here at the KYUK radio transmitter site in Bethel, Alaska. KYUK hide caption

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High schoolers Ethan Lincoln, Kaylee King and Jamin Crow's podcast about their experiences subsistence hunting is a finalist in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The students are pictured here at the KYUK radio transmitter site in Bethel, Alaska. Katie Basile/KYUK hide caption

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When Schools Shut Down In Alaska, These Students Went Moose Hunting

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Eighth-graders Braeden Collett (left), Bo Porter, Brennan Williams and Dominique Jannat explored the "various things that get done behind the scenes" to make their campus run smoothly in their winning podcast "Whodunnit?" Arden Barnes for NPR hide caption

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The Best Student Podcasts: An 8th-Grade Homage To A School's Unsung Heroes

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NPR Student Podcast Challenge winner Kriti Sarav poses for a portrait while on the top balcony of her family's home in Chicago. Olivia Obineme for NPR hide caption

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'Be Proud Of Where You Come From': An Indian-American Teen's Winning Podcast

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Miriam Colvin's podcast "Competition With The Best" was one of two grand prize winners in the college edition of NPR's Student Podcast Challenge. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Family Lore Fact-Check: Finding The Teen Muhammad Ali 'Boxed Along The Way'

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Anya Steinberg's podcast, "He's Just 23 Chromosomes," is one of two grand prize winners in the collegiate edition of NPR's Student Podcast Challenge. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Attention Donor 3046: Your Daughter Made A Podcast To Find You

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