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Tuesday, May 09, 2023

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2023 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest

Ariana Smith, Educational Engagement Manager, The City Club of Cleveland

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2023 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest

Thank you to all the students who entered the 2023 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest! We are excited to announce this year’s winners for the following prompt:

There is no doubt that mass shootings, either in schools or at public events, have taken a toll on American society. Parents are rightfully concerned about whether the schools their children attend will keep them safe. Some feel a sense of paranoia in public spaces, not knowing whether they could become the next victims of domestic terrorism.

Reflecting on recent events, news coverage, and analysis, provide an answer to one or more of the following questions. To what extent is the violence in our nation today a matter of the need to police guns or people? What can be done to better ensure the safety of America’s citizens? What consequences could result from stricter or more relaxed gun control? In what aspects has gun control, or lack thereof, affected your daily life? If you were a legislator, what procedures or precautions would you take to address this dividing issue? How should Americans and their elected representatives think about these very thorny issues?

9/10th Grade

1st place: Lillian Chaiten, Laurel School

2nd place: Isabelle Ralph, Archbishop Hoban High School

3rd place: Shannon Katzenberger, Lakewood High School

Honorable Mention: Claire Sheller, Laurel School

11/12th Grade

1st Place: Tim Toliver, Hawken Upper School

2nd Place: Ella Jewell, Kenston High School

3rd place: Emma Curd, Hoover High School

Honorable Mention: Aniya Johnson, Lakewood High School

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

Watch the first-place winners read their essays at the May 24, 2023 forum here:

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

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