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Tuesday, April 09, 2024

2024 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest

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

Thank you to all the students who entered the 2024 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest! We are excited to announce this year’s winners for the following 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.

9/10th Grade:

1st place: Nathan Cook, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

2nd place: Ayat Jafar, Hawken Upper School

3rd place: Elisabeth Grover, Homeschool

Honorable Mention: Brayden Smith, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

11/12th Grade:

1st Place: Caroline Dunn-Helton, Cleveland School of the Arts

2nd Place: Lucy Campbell, Orange High School

3rd place: Ben Reske, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

Honorable Mention: Alexander Ntragatakis, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

Stay tuned for more information on how you can hear our two category winners read their essay at the City Club.

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