$100,000 ESSAY CONTEST

for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

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Winners 2019

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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 2019 Youth Speak Out winning essays here.

YOUTH SPEAK OUT GRAND SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
(4-year $40,000 scholarship)
Samuel Oguntoyinbo, Solon High School

YOUTH SPEAK OUT FIRST RUNNER-UP
($15,000 scholarship)
Priyanka Shrestha, Beachwood High School

YOUTH SPEAK OUT SECOND RUNNER-UP
($10,000 scholarship)
Kennon Walton, University School

YOUTH SPEAK OUT THIRD RUNNER-UP
($5,000 scholarship)
Mackenzie Lee, Hawken School

YOUTH SPEAK OUT HONORABLE MENTIONS
($500 cash prize)
Heavenlee Alamo, James Ford Rhodes High School
Marcie Baker, West Geauga High School
Alexa Furukawa, Revere High School
Alan Goodloe, Hudson High School
Mathilde Tomter, Beaumont School
Emma Rae Witt, Berkshire High School

 

2019 YOUTH SPEAK OUT 6-10TH GRADE WINNERS
(1st place receives $400 cash prize)

10th Grade
1st Place: Andrew Oscarson, Hudson High School
2nd Place: Nathan Trost, Hudson High School
3rd Place: Abigail Wilkov, Solon High School

9th Grade
1st Place: Mykenna Roy, Mayfield High School
2nd Place: Ilana Miller, Mayfield High School
3rd Place: Jenny Fu, Mayfield High School

8th Grade
1st Place: Gianna Miller, Rocky River Middle School
2nd Place: Aparna Srikanth, Solon Middle School
3rd Place: Gigi Konrad, Rocky River Middle School

7th Grade
1st Place: Kamryn von Kunsay, Learwood Middle School
2nd Place: Ariana Preston, Beachwood Middle School
3rd Place: Veronica Schwartz, Beachwood Middle School

6th Grade
1st Place: Elise Fletcher, St. Barnabas School
2nd Place: Gabi Censoprano, Hudson Middle School
3rd Place: Mallory Schenkenberger, Hudson Middle School
 

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)

Solon High School

2019 YOUTH SING OUT WINNING SCHOOLS
Middle School Category
1st place: Garfield Middle School, two classes from this school tied for their songs, “Guns Down” and “Turn Around”
2nd place: Dike School of the Arts, for their song “Don’t Let Hate Control You”

High School Category
1st place tie: Midview High School for their song, “New America”
1st place tie: Shaw High School for their song “Win”

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