$100,000 ESSAY CONTEST

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Winners 2017

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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Read the entire collection of 2017 Youth Speak Out winning essays here.

YOUTH SPEAK OUT GRAND SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
(4-year $40,000 scholarship)

ZEPHANIAH GALLOWAY, Cleveland Early College High School at John Hay

YOUTH SPEAK OUT FIRST RUNNER-UP
($15,000 scholarship)

MIAO, MUQING, Gilmour Academy

YOUTH SPEAK OUT SECOND RUNNER-UP
($10,000 scholarship)

COURTNEY REED, Hawken School

YOUTH SPEAK OUT THIRD RUNNER-UP
($5,000 scholarship)

ZACHARY HOLTZ, Gilmour Academy

YOUTH SPEAK OUT HONORABLE MENTIONS
($500 cash prize)

BRIAN AMUSAT, Shaker Heights High School

TIONNA CISCO, Brush High School

AURORA FLEMING, Bay Village High School

GEOFFREY GAO, Solon High School

M. SEVEN RICHMOND, University High School

MARIA SAVANI, Gilmour Academy

 

2017 YOUTH SPEAK OUT ESSAY STUDENT FINALISTS

10th Grade
1st Place: MAYA STUPICA, Kenston High School
2nd Place: BRIGID NAUGHTON, Magnificat High School
3rd Place: ZARIA ACY, Brooklyn High School

9th Grade
1st Place:
YASH GHOSH, Mayfield High School
2nd Place: MAGGIE HALL, Mayfield High School
3rd Place: LARA NUNEZ-CERRILLO, Mayfield High School

8th Grade
1st Place: HANA SAMAD, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School
2nd Place: OLIVIA PELLEY, Constellation Schools Old Brooklyn Community Middle
3rd Place: FIONA MACKE, Roxboro Middle School

7th Grade
1st Place: JEREMIAH SHEPPARD, Kenneth W. Clement Boys’ Leadership Academy
2nd Place: EMILY L. BRACKIN, Old Trail School
3rd Place: MEGAN WOOLEY, Beachwood Middle School

6th Grade
1st Place: APARNA SRIKANTH, Orchard Middle School
2nd Place: NICHOLAS NIEMIEC, St. Barnabas Catholic School
3rd Place: CURT HARRIS III, Newton D. Baker School of Arts

YOUTH SPEAK OUT SCHOOL WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF ESSAYS ($5,000 Anti-Bias Education Grant)
Newton D. Baker School of Arts

YOUTH SPEAK OUT SCHOOL WITH A GRAND PRIZE WINNER ($5,000 Anti-Bias Education Grant)
Cleveland Early College High School at John Hay

 

2017 YOUTH SING OUT WINNING SCHOOLS
1st Place High School: “Let’s Talk…” Shaw High School ($5,000 Anti-Bias Education Grant)
1st Place Middle School: “V.O.T.E.” Newton D. Baker School of Arts ($5,000 Anti-Bias Education Grant)
Runner-Up High School: “It Starts With Us” Midview High School ($2,500 Anti-Bias Education Grant)
Runner-Up Middle School: “Heal the World” Heritage Middle School ($2,500 Anti-Bias Education Grant)

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    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

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    The Helen F. Stolier and Louis Stolier Family Foundation