Westlake High School senior Adrian Simion earned a $1,000 cash prize and an Honorable Mention in the fifth annual Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! Essay contest sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Adrian was one of 1,600 students from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties to share their stories this year on combatting hatred and discrimination in their schools and communities, and committing to respond to future acts of intolerance.
Essays were scored on content, writing, originality and creativity, and utilization of the theme of personal responsibility. At the dramatic awards ceremony, held over the weekend at Severance Hall, each finalist read his or her essay aloud for final scoring. Essays addressed a variety of issues, form living with alopecia and mental illness to LGBT issues and economic diversity, and offered innovative solutions.
Adrian, who came to the United States at the age of four from Romania, wrote about eliminating discrimination. Adrian will attend American University or Miami University this fall and hopes to start his own law firm or join the Central Intelligence Agency.
Read the winning essays at http://www.maltzmuseum.org/stop-the-hate/winners-2013/.