Ten juniors and seniors from throughout Northeast Ohio will compete for a total of $100,000 in scholarships and prizes Thursday evening, May 2. The Maltz Museum’s fifth annual Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! essay contest will hold their awards ceremony again at Severance Hall. Kim Wheeler, WKYC Channel 3 Weekend News Anchor and Education Reporter, once again will serve as master of ceremonies.
The 2013 Stop the Hate Scholarship Finalists are:
Biar Akar, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School – 12th grade
Robert Edwards, Max Hayes High School, Cleveland – 12th grade
Andrew Huang, University School, Hunting Valley – 11th grade
Kelly Knaser, Wickliffe High School – 12th grade
Avalon Regalbuto, Orange High School – 12th grade
Annie Robinson, Aurora High School – 11th grade
Courtney Ross, Chardon High School – 12th grade
Courtney Schmidt, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School – 11th grade
Adrian Simion, Westlake High School – 12th grade
Evelyn Ting, Shaker Heights High School – 12th grade
Their essays address a variety of issues, from living with alopecia, mental illness to LGBT issues and economic diversity and offer heartfelt and innovative solutions.
All submitted essays have been read and scored by more than 200 community volunteers. These 10 finalists were narrowed down from 25 semi-finalists after a panel of select judges read their essays. Judges this year include Cash Mob co-founder Andrew Samtoy, Judge Dan Aaron Polster, Eaton Corporation Senior Manager Evan Ishida, and editor of The Plain Dealer Debra Adams Simmons. The finalists compete for three, four-year college scholarships (one each $50,000, $25,000 and $15,000) by giving oral presentations. They and students in grades 6 – 10 compete for cash prizes, class visits to the Museum, and resource materials for their schools.
The contest is open to public, private, and home schooled students in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties. Juniors and seniors; they and younger students compete for cash prizes, class visits to the Museum, and resource materials for their schools.
WHO: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
WHAT: 5th annual Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! essay contest awards ceremony
WHERE: Severance Hall, Reinberger Chamber Hall – 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
WHEN: Thursday, May 2…6:45 – 9:00pm
Results and essays will be posted on MMJH.org Friday, May 3
This year’s Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! is sponsored by Dealer Tire, KeyBank and Cleveland Clinic.
Maltz Museum receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region’s artistic and cultural heritage.