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Thursday, May 05, 2022

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2022 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest

Tiffany France

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2022 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest

Thank you to all the students who entered the 2022 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest!

We are excited to announce this year’s winners for the following prompt:

In recent months there has been a lot of debate about Critical Race Theory (CRT) being taught in classrooms across America. The anti-CRT movement has inspired parents to voice concerns at school board meetings and state legislators to ban the use and teaching of CRT in K-12 classrooms. The legislation proposed in Ohio doesn’t name CRT directly, but it prohibits a set of concepts from being taught or used as content in professional development. A very similar law in Texas specifically prohibits the use of the New York Times’s 1619 Project in public school classrooms.

What is at risk if this kind of legislation passes? Reflect on the important lessons you’ve learned at school about our national history. Are there specific aspects of our history that deserve more attention or something you think should not be taught at school? America prides itself on being a champion of free speech and a beacon of democracy. How would limiting what teachers can teach complicate our idea of freedom of expression? How would you recommend your state government address the ongoing debate over CRT and systemic racism?

9/10th Grade

1st place: Neha Sangani, Hathaway Brown School

2nd place: Deanna Robb, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

3rd place: Shannon Katzenberger, Lakewood High School

Honorable Mention: Hahna McCoy, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

11/12th Grade

1st Place: Keira Ritzman, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

2nd Place: Aiden Owens, University School

3rd place: Sahar Maleki, Hathaway Brown School

Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Bitter, Lakewood High School

View the First-Place essays here: 9/10th Grade | 11/12th Grade

Thanks to a gift from Hope and Stanley Adelstein, the winners will receive cash prizes for their tremendous work.

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