More than 4000 students from throughout seven counties shared their solutions to stopping hatred by entering the sixth annual Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out essay contest created by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Their essays address a variety of issues from racism to handicapped accessibility and gang violence.
All essays submitted were read and scored by more than 200 community volunteers. The 10 scholarship finalists were narrowed down from 25 semi-finalists after a panel of select judges read their essays. At the ceremony, these students will read their essays in front of this same panel. Judges this year include Le Joyce Naylor, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Cleveland Clinic; Thomas Nobbe, Executive Director of Gay Games 9; and 2013 Stop the Hate grand scholarship winner Annie Robinson.
The junior or senior with the winning essay will receive a $40,000 Grand Scholarship Prize. First and second runners-up will receive a $15,000 and $10,000 scholarship respectively; and seven honorable mentions will receive a $500 cash prize. First place in each of the lower grades will receive a $300 cash prize. The schools with the grand prize winning entry and highest percentage of student entries will be presented $10,000 to be used specifically toward anti-bias education. $5,000 will be awarded to each of two Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools participating in the Youth Sing Out component of the contest.
The event, held again this year at Severance Hall, will be emceed by Dan Moulthrop, CEO at the City Club of Cleveland. Highlights include an invocation by Imam Ramez Islambouli, President, Uqbah Mosque, Cleveland; remarks by Maltz Museum co-founder Milton Maltz; Youth Sing Out performances by Newton D. Baker Elementary and John Marshall High schools. The Euclid High School Lady Panthers Cheer Team, along with streamers and confetti, will fill the auditorium when the Grand Scholarship winner is announced.
WHO: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
WHAT: 2014 Stop the Hate Awards: $100,000 in scholarships and prizes awarded to Northeast Ohio students and schools
WHERE: Reinberger Hall, Severance Hall 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 6:45pm
6:45pm Youth Sing Out performance by Newton D. Baker Elementary
7:00pm Scholarship finalists read their essays
7:30pm Youth Sing Out performance by John Marshall High School students
8:00pm Prize winners in 6th–10th grade announced
8:15pm Scholarship winners announced
About Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out
Through a generous grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, more than 400 students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District were able to participate in the Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out competition. In collaboration with Roots of American Music, teaching artists led residencies at Riverside, Newton D. Baker, Franklin Roosevelt and Charles Eliot elementary schools and John F. Kennedy, Collinwood, Lincoln-West, and John Marshall high schools. After visiting the Museum, students took what they learned back to the classroom and incorporated themes of diversity and tolerance into their lyrics. Two schools were chosen by community judges to perform their songs. The other schools recorded their songs on a CD to share with each other and their community.