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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest 2024

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

The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest 2024

Since 2013, The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest has challenged high school students in Northeast Ohio to examine the role of free speech in the 21st century. The essay contest was established by Hope and Stanley as part of the City Club’s Centennial celebration. The Adelstein's were longtime City Club members, philanthropists, and environmental activists. Stanley joined the City Club in 1941 and remained an active member until his death in 2014. Hope’s hallmark was civic involvement, and she was active in the Cleveland community until her death in 2016.

All high school students in Northeastern Ohio are eligible to apply for scholarship prizes. Each submitted essay should pull from personal experience, current events, history, politics, art, or any other source that can be backed up with evidence. Essays will be judged on their clarity, content, originality, and significance.

2024 Essay Contest Prompt:

In an era of advancing artificial intelligence and digital communication, we have transformed the way we share information. These new technological advancements, especially AI, present complex challenges for freedom of speech.

Discuss the potential impacts of AI and how society can uphold the principles of the First Amendment while navigating this changing technological terrain.

The 2024 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest is officially open for submissions!!!

Click here to submit your essay.

Click here to read the eligibility details

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 16th


11/12 Grade -

  • First Place: $1,000

  • Second Place: $750

  • Third Place: $500

  • Honorable Mention: $250

9/10 Grade-

  • First Place: $500

  • Second Place: $250

  • Third Place: $150

  • Honorable Mention: $100

For any questions regarding the Essay Contest, please contact Ariana Smith at

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