$100,000 ESSAY CONTEST

for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

You have the power to make a positive difference in the world.

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Essay Contest



Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world, this next generation of leaders can win big.

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Kevin GramajoDownload the complete contest rules here.

Essays will be scored on:

  • Responding to the correct question and required components
  • Integrating the concept of responsible citizenship
  • Originality/creativity
  • Potential for any plan of action to effect positive change
  • Writing style/presentation

An above average essay:

  • Includes a specific story/example that is both personal and universal
  • Tells a true story in a moving, dramatic or inspiring way
  • Understands and reflects upon the theme of personal responsibility
  • Identifies changes and/or an action plan that can be implemented

Scoring entries:

  • Each entry is assigned a number. Essays are blind-scored by number only; no student or school names are identified. Do not include student name or school name within the body of your essay. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
  • A minimum of three readers score each essay using a numerical point scale and the criteria outlined above.

Determining winners in grades 6-10:

  • Fifteen (15) winners (3 for each grade level) are determined for grades 6-10 by the highest number of points.
  • In the event of a tie in the reading period, the Judges score the essays in question to determine which advance to the top 25.
  • Review the scoring rubric for grades 6-10

Determining scholarship finalists and winners for grades 11-12:

  • Scholarship semi-finalists are determined by the highest number of points.
  • Semi-finalist essays are read by a team of judges.
  • Each judge will read and score each semi-finalist essay.
  • Essays are scored using a numerical point scale.
  • Judges’ aggregate scores narrow the field to no more than ten (10) finalists
  • Review the scoring rubric for grades 11-12

Because standing up, speaking out and communicating ideas is an important part of being an agent of change, finalists for scholarship prizes must be present at the Awards Ceremony on Sun, April 29, 2018 at 4pm. Finalists in grades 11-12 read their essays and are scored on the quality of their oral presentation.

The Grand Prize Scholarship Winner and First, Second and Third Runners-Up are determined by combining the scores received for their essay and oral presentation.

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    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

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    The Helen F. Stolier and Louis Stolier Family Foundation