Congratulations Grand Prize Winner

Jacqueline Hudak receives a 4-year $20,000 scholarship and 
Lakewood High School receives a $5,000 Anti-Bias Education Grant 

Click the video to watch her winning essay

Watch the 14th Annual Stop the Hate Awards Ceremony

About Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out

The Stop the Hate® contest is an initiative of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage that celebrates Northeast Ohio students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society by standing up and speaking out against bias and bigotry as they compete for the chance to win a prestigious award. Each year about 3,000 students enter, and with the help of over 400 volunteer readers, 20 finalists are named. Since the contest started 14 years ago, over 40,000 students in 12 counties across Northeast Ohio have participated, and as of this year, $1.4 million has been awarded. Rooted in the Jewish value of respect for all humanity, the Maltz Museum is proud that it continues to give young people of all faiths and backgrounds a platform to speak out in support of inclusion and diversity. Congratulations to everyone who has shared their inspiring stories with us. If you are inspired by one or more of these students' stories please share them with your social networks. 

Meet the Top 20 Finalists

Congratulations 11th & 12th Grade Runner-Up Winners

1st Runner Up receives a $10,000 scholarship, 2nd Runner Up receives a $5,000 scholarship
Each of their schools receives a $2000 Anti-Bias Education Grant

Click the video to watch each winning essay

Congratulations 11th & 12th Grade Honorable Mentions

Each receives a $1000 cash prize and their schools receive a $500 Anti-Bias Education Grant

Click the video to watch each winning essay

Congratulations 6th - 10th Grade Winners

1st place receives a $400 cash prize, 2nd place receives a $100 cash prize

Click their photo to read each winning essay

Schools and Teachers of the Year


Together with our partners Lake Erie Ink, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Roots of American Music we offered FREE songwriting and essay writing workshops to schools and educators. These anti-bias learning tools taught history, literacy, and the arts for middle school, high school, and homeschool groups. Every school that participated in a workshop was eligible to receive anti-bias education grant money from a pool of $30,000 that is split evenly.

Congratulations to Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Religious School, Beachwood High School, Charles F. Brush High School, Clark Elementary School, Cleveland Heights High School, Collinwood High School, East Tech High School, Garfield Heights High School, Garfield Middle School, Ginn Academy, Glenville High School, Harding Middle School, Hathaway Brown School, Hudson Middle School, Luis Muñoz Marin School, Mary M. Bethune, Massillon Junior High School , Max S. Hayes High School, Mayfield High School, MC2 STEM High School, Monticello Middle School, Mound STEM School, Newton D. Baker School of Arts, North Canton Middle School, Olmsted Falls High School, Ratner Montessori, Rhodes School of Environmental Studies, Shaw High School, St. Martin de Porres, St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, Twinsburg High School, Wade Park School.


In addition, with its partners the Maltz Museum named two Stop the Hate Teachers of the Year. Each received a $1,000 cash prize in recognition of their personal commitment to anti-bias education.

Congratulations to Nicole Majercak of Beachwood High School and Vickie Orozco of Newton D. Baker School of Arts.

Hear the Winning Songs

About Stop the Hate Youth Sing Out

In partnership with Roots of American Music (ROAM) and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Maltz Museum celebrates the voices of young people standing up to bias and bigotry through the annual Stop the Hate® Youth Sing Out contest. 

This year 700 students from 35 classrooms worked collaboratively within their classes to pen original songs as part of an arts-integrated learning initiative that supports anti-bias education. Students participated in two digital tours: “Stop the Hate”  with the Maltz Museum and “Power of Music and Protest” with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Then, students reflected on discrimination they have witnessed or experienced in their own lives before turning their words into lyrics with a ROAM teaching artist. The song writing workshop sharpens written and oral language skills, fosters a deeper understanding of historic human rights events, and offers students the chance to win anti-bias education grants for their schools. Congratulations to all of the participants for using their voices for good!

Congratulations Youth Sing Out Winners

First Place schools receive a $3,500 Anti-Bias Education Grant, Runner-up schools receive a $2,000 Anti-Bias Education Grant 

Click the audio player to hear each winning song

First Place High School
Beachwood High School,
“Speak Out”

Written by Nicole Majercak’s 1st Period Class, Performed by Taylor Lamborn

Runner-up High School
Glenville High School,

Written by Sarah Hodge’s Civics 2.0 Class, Performed by Charlie Mosbrook

First Place Middle School
Garfield Middle School,
“Tell Me (My Life Matters)”

Written by Lisa Blasko’s 7th Grade Class, Performed by Charlie Mosbrook

Runner-up Middle School
Clark Elementary School,
“Revenge Is Not The Way”

Written by Mollie Lockwood’s 6th Grade Class, Performed by Sam Hooper

We are grateful for the commitment of the sponsors, educators, judges, volunteers, committee members, and Maltz Museum Board Members, without whom this program would not be possible.


Grant Dinner, Chair
Milton Maltz, Chair Emeritus
Tamar Maltz, President
Robert Gries, Vice Chair
Reneé Chelm, Vice President
Keith Libman, Vice President
James Gomez, Treasurer

Joe Cimperman
Ronald B. Cohen
Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis
Jordan Goldberg
Lois Goodman
David Katz
Alan M. Krause

Kenneth B. Liffman
Darrell McNair
Larry Pollock
Albert B. Ratner
Barbara Robinson
Irving Rosner
Phil Wasserstrom

Daniel Zelman
Adam Zelwin
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.,
Trustee Emeritus
Adele Silver, Honorary Trustee


Rabbi Jonathan Cohen,
The Temple-Tifereth Israel

Jeff Kaplan,
Friends of the Maltz Museum

Barry Reis,
Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Erika Rudin-Luria,
Jewish Federation of Cleveland

David Schafer,
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage


Darrell McNair, Chair
Scott Simon, Vice Chair
Tim Bowens
Laurie Kincer

Gregg Levine
Bobbie Lindenbaum
Enza Roth
Matt Sobel

Joan Szczepanik
Jonathon Wise


We are grateful to the 408 volunteers who generously donated their time to blind-score this year’s Youth Speak Out essays and Youth Sing Out song lyrics.
See a full list of readers.


Greer Gibbons, Project Manager and Specialist Team, Supervisor – Engine Oils, The Lubrizol Corporation

Eduardo Kim, Partner, Thompson Hine

Gregg Levine, Consultant, Ratliff & Taylor

Cecilia Render, Executive Director, Nordson, Corporation Foundation

Tony Sias, Director, Karamu House

Barbara White, Deputy Director, Akron Summit County Public Library


Taylor Barnes, Director of Resource Development, YWCA of Greater Cleveland

Joe Butler, Manager of Education,
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Edward P. Gallagher, MT-BC, Director of Education, The Beck Center for the Arts

Jeff Niesel, Music Editor, Cleveland Scene


Amy Rosenbluth, Executive Director
Cynthia Larsen, Education Director
Charisse Bailey, Program Director
Aaron Babcock, Teaching Artist

Anthony Bilancini, Teaching Artist
Erin Horan, Teaching Artist
Amy Hughes, Teaching Artist
Laurie Rodney, Teaching Artist

Adrienne Rozells, Teaching Artist
Toni Thayer, Teaching Artist
Sony Ton Aime, Teaching Artist


Jason Meyers, Executive Director
Kevin T. Richards, Artistic Director
Tam Sivertson, Project Manager
Brian Straw, Recording

Sam Hooper, Teaching Artist
Kyle Kidd, Teaching Artist
Charlie Mosbrook, Teaching Artist
Bethany Joy, Teaching Artist

Kari Ann Rutushin, Teaching Artist
Taylor Lamborn, Teaching Artist
Ed Sotelo, Teaching Artist


Joe Butler, Manager of Education Programs

Kathryn Clusman, Manager of Community and Family Programs

Cleveland Jewish News

Cool Cleveland

Northeast Ohio Parent
Your Teen Magazine


Blue Robot

College Now Greater Cleveland

Steven Hacker Films


Presenting Sponsors

Youth Sing Out & Speak Out Signature Sponsors

A stage for stories of struggle, courage, and creativity; a forum for difficult conversations about discrimination and intolerance; and a platform for youth to share their vision for a brighter future, The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage brings history to life, issues to light, and people together. 

The Maltz Museum is supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Ohio Arts Council

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