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Winners 2013

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

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GRAND SCHOLARSHIP WINNER (four-year $50,000 scholarship)
Annie Robinson, Aurora High School – 11th grade watch the video

FIRST RUNNER-UP (four-year $25,000 scholarship)
Kelly Knaser, Wickliffe High School – 12th grade watch the video

SECOND RUNNER-UP (four-year $15,000 scholarship)
Robert Edwards, Max Hayes High School, Cleveland – 12th grade watch the video

Honorable Mentions ($1,000 cash prize)
Biar Akar, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School – 12th grade
Andrew Huang, University School, Hunting Valley – 11th grade
Avalon Regalbuto, Orange High School – 12th grade
Courtney Ross, Chardon High School – 12th grade
Courtney Schmidt, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School – 11th grade
Adrian Simion, Westlake High School – 12th grade
Evelyn Ting, Shaker Heights High School – 12th grade


1st Prize ($300) Benjamin Yoder, Copley-Fairlawn Middle School
2nd Prize ($200) Owen Gaudio, St. Barnabas Elementary School, Northfield
3rd Prize ($100) Gabriella Nassif, St. Barnabas Elementary School, Northfield

1st Prize ($300) Noah Rish, Learwood Middle School, Avon Lake
2nd Prize ($200) Kate Klika, Miller-South Visual and Performing Arts School, Akron
3rd Prize ($100) Lexee Dalgleish, Learwood Middle School, Avon Lake

1st Prize ($300) Soli Collins, Roxboro Middle School, Cleveland Heights
2nd Prize ($200) Kim Taylor, Rocky River Middle School
3rd Prize ($100) Laura DeVito, Rocky River Middle School

1st Prize ($300) Nichole Shriver, Twinsburg High School
2nd Prize ($200) Gwenyth Szabo, Lake Ridge Academy Elementary, North Ridgeville
3rd Prize ($100) Apoorva Vallampati, Twinsburg High School 

10th GRADE
1st Prize ($300) Abby White, Shaker Heights High School
2nd Prize ($200) Jessica Hartig, Solon High School
3rd Prize ($100) Shala Blade, Glenville High School, Cleveland


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