Westlake Student is “Stop the Hate” Essay Finalist

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Scholarship Finalists Announced

Students Vie for $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

More than 1600 students from 7 counties shared their solutions to stop hatred by enteringSimion_Adrian the fifth annual Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! essay contest.

Now ten juniors and seniors will compete for a total of $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. Their essays address a variety of issues, from living with alopecia, mental illness to LGBT issues and economic diversity and offer heartfelt and innovative solutions.

The 2013 Stop the Hate Scholarship Finalists are:

Biar Akar, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School – 12th grade

Robert Edwards, Max Hayes High School, Cleveland – 12th grade

Andrew Huang, University School, Hunting Valley – 11th grade

Kelly Knaser, Wickliffe High School – 12th grade

Avalon Regalbuto, Orange High School – 12th grade

Annie Robinson, Aurora High School – 11th 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

All submitted essays have been read and scored by more than 200 community volunteers.

These 10 finalists were narrowed down from 25 semi-finalists (listed below) after a panel of select judges read their essays. Judges this year include Cash Mob co-founder Andrew Samtoy, Judge Dan Aaron Polster, Eaton Corporation Senior Manager Evan Ishida and editor of The Plain Dealer Debra Adams Simmons. The finalists compete for three, four-year college scholarships (one each $50,000, $25,000 and $15,000) by giving oral presentations at an awards ceremony on May 2 at Severance Hall. They and younger students compete for cash prizes, class visits to the Museum, and resource materials for their schools. Finalists in grades 6-10 were announced earlier this month. (read story)


Jill Rembrandt, Maltz Museum Director of Education and Public Programs, says “we couldn’t be more thrilled with the quality of the essays this year. It is clear that students feel that the contest allows them to have a voice and create change in their classrooms and communities. The Maltz Museum is so proud to be a change agent, promoting diversity and tolerance in Northeast Ohio.”


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