$100,000 ESSAY CONTEST

for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

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Winners 2018

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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 2018 Youth Speak Out winning essays here.

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

HANNAH SHUFFER, Orange High School

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

DAHLIA MOSKOWITZ, Fuchs Mizrachi School

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

MARIA ZOU, Hudson High School

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

MEGAN LEBOWITZ, Solon High School

YOUTH SPEAK OUT HONORABLE MENTIONS
($500 cash prize)

TADJ ADAMS, Hawken School

JOHN KUNZO, Gilmour Academy

PEYTON LUNDER, Padua Franciscan High School

JULIA MAYER, Solon High School

HAILEY NUDELMAN, Twinsburg High School

SCHUYLER RADIVOYEVITECH, Cleveland Heights High School

 

2018 YOUTH SPEAK OUT ESSAY STUDENT FINALISTS

10th Grade
1st Place: SABRIYA ZAMAN, Solon High School
2nd Place: EMI CUMMINGS, Laurel High School
3rd Place: ANAYA HUNTER, Whitney Young High School

9th Grade
1st Place:
RILEYANNA KARIC, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
2nd Place: JONAH GILBERT, University School
3rd Place: CARA FINNEGAN, Elyria Catholic High School

8th Grade
1st Place: ELANA ROUSE, Rocky River Middle School
2nd Place: ALI HOLTZ, Chagrin Falls Middle School
3rd Place: BOWEN ZHANG, Beachwood Middle School

7th Grade
1st Place: MAGGIE CHEN, Memorial Middle School
2nd Place: REBECCA LAWTON, Beachwood Middle School
3rd Place: JENNIFER WILLIAMS, Old Trail Elementary

6th Grade
1st Place: SCOTT O’NEILL, Newton D. Baker School of Arts
2nd Place: ISABELLA KOVACS, Rocky River Middle School
3rd Place: FLANNERY COSTELLO, Rocky River Middle School

 

2018 YOUTH SING OUT WINNING SCHOOLS
1st Place High School: “Words on the Wall” Cleveland Heights High School ($5,000 Anti-Bias Education Grant)
Tie 1st Place Middle School: “Keep History Alive,” “Why Hate” Newton D. Baker School of Arts ($5,000 Anti-Bias Education Grant)
Runner-Up High School: “Too Much Going On” Shaw High School ($2,500 Anti-Bias Education Grant)
Runner-Up Middle School: “Between Me & The Media” Harding Middle School ($2,500 Anti-Bias Education Grant)

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