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Winners 2011

Essay Contest

The 2020 contest is now closed. To learn more about the annual scholarship contest, please contact program manager, Ben Becker at 216-593-057

Please click on the names below to view a PDF document of each students’s winning essay.


Grand Scholarship Prize: $50,000 scholarship
Alexander Stojsavljevic
Normandy High School, Parma

First Runner-Up $25,000 scholarship
Cedric Thorbes
Glenville High School


Second Runner-Up$15,000 scholarship
Hayleigh Sanders
Olmsted Falls High School



7 Honorable Mentions – $1,000 cash prize
Kourtney Burns
Shaker Heights High School
Bracha Greenfeld
Yavne High School, Beachwood (University Heights resident)
Heather Guhde
Beaumont High School, Cleveland Heights (Euclid resident)
Kari Semel
Shaker Heights High School
Jasmyn Shumate
Shaker Heights High School
Kyle Susman
Solon High School
Elliot Wainwright
Elyria High School


6th – 10th Grade Division cash prizes
10th Grade
$300 First Prize: Taylor Meyers
Kenston High School, Bainbridge
$200 Second Prize: Carli Yoho
Kenston High School, Bainbridge
$100 Third Prize: Brenton Sullivan
Shaker Heights High School


9th Grade
$300 First Prize: Liyanna Chandler
Nieves, St. Joseph Academy, Cleveland
$200 Second Prize: Alexis Nieszczur
Padua Franciscan High School, Parma
$100 Third Prize: Victoria Lewis
Cleveland Heights High School


8th Grade
$300 First Prize: Monica McDonough
Rocky River Middle School
$200 Second Prize: Myleana Slepko
Eastern Heights Middle School, Elyria
$100 Third Prize: Austin Rubinoski
Eastern Heights Middle School, Elyria


7th Grade
$300 First Prize: Isabella Nilsson
Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights
$200 Second Prize: Jared Anderson
North Olmsted Middle School
$100 Third Prize: Mason Pavlos
North Olmsted Middle School


6th Grade
$300 First Prize: Claire Bruening
Beachwood Middle School
$200 Second Prize: Brandi Sutton
St. Barnabas Elementary School, Northfield
$100 Third Prize: Benjamin Rowles
Beachwood Middle School

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