There is only one week left for students in grades 6 – 10 to submit their essays to Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! Now in its fifth year, the annual contest asks students to describe an act of discrimination, reflect on their response and write a 500-word essay with a plan of action to affect change. Essays are scored on content, writing, originality and creativity, and integration of the theme of personal responsibility. Students in grades 6-10 are eligible for cash prizes, field trips and educational resource materials.
Students are encouraged to submit their essays electronically through the official Stop the Hate website. Complete information, current guidelines and copies of all past winning essays are also available on the website.
The deadline for 11th and 12th graders is February 12. High school juniors and seniors compete for three college scholarships of up to $50,000 as well as other prizes and educational resource materials for their schools. The ten scholarship finalists read their essays at a ceremony to be held on May 2, 2013, where winners will be selected.