Congratulations to the winners!

With the help of 50 judges and over 7,000 voters, we are proud to reveal the winners of this year’s Facing History Together Student Essay Contest. We are excited to award them and their educators with over $9,000 in scholarships and prizes! Each of the winning students’ teachers will receive a Classroom Award and free access to Facing History’s Teaching Mockingbird online course. 

Congratulations to the nearly 4,000 students from across the U.S. who shared their moving experiences about their communities and dealing with difference. You were all inspiring.


$2,500 Benjamin B. Ferencz Upstander Scholarship

This award is made possible by the Planethood Foundation in honor of Benjamin B. Ferencz, who dedicated his career to the pursuit of international justice and world peace, including serving as Chief Prosecutor for the Nuremberg war crimes trials, where he prosecuted 22 German officers for their crimes in the Holocaust. An outspoken proponent of international justice, Ferencz’s goal is to replace the rule of force with the rule of law.

Cicada Scott

Manitou Springs High School
Manitou Springs,

Congratulations! It's a Mockingbird.

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$1,000 Harper Lee Memorial Award & Scholarship

This award was chosen by Facing History’s President & CEO Roger Brooks to recognize a student voice that demonstrates outstanding thematic relevance in Lee’s honor.

Diallo Thornton

Moore High School
Louisville,

Black Is

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Winners of the $500 Upstander Awards

Amber Bhutta

American Heritage
Plantation,

I Am Not A Terrorist

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Kelsie Jackson

The Barstow School
Kansas City,

My Community and Me

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Rosdom Kaligian

Watertown High School
Watertown,

Different Not Less

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Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah

Linden Hall School for Girls
Lititz,

Facing Hate with a Voice of Reason

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Cecilia Pires de Oliveira Capela

Brookline High School
Brookline,

To Lock A Mockingbird

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Finalists

Jamie Lim

Ridgewood High School Ridgewood,

Samantha Kiss

Hickory High School Chesapeake,

Michelle Zhang

Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School Chicago,

Nusaiba Ahmed

Springfield High School Springfield,

Sophia Merrill

Wilson High School Portland,

Alexandra Wainwright

Firestone High School Akron,

Elizabeth Francis

Wayland High School Wayland,

Tracy Robinson

Big Oaks Academy Fort White,

Aydrian Shores

Overton High School Memphis,

Christine Tannous

Waterloo High School Waterloo,


Honorable Mentions

Shayma Musa

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Midland,

Kaia Sherry

Granada Hills Charter High School Granada Hills,

Karizma Baez

Beacon Academy Boston,

Elizabeth Campbell

St. David's School Raleigh,

Zoe Peters

Baltimore School For The Arts Baltimore,

Illahi Virani

George Walton Comprehensive High School Marietta,

Delaina Lane

Toledo Early College Toledo,

Callie Bouton

The Pennington School Pennington,

Srimoyi Sarkar

Interlake High School Bellevue,

Isabel Hallock

Bishop O'Dowd High School Oakland,

Hallie Blitzman

Watertown High School Watertown,

Michelle Chen

Oak Park High School Oak Park,

Nadia Abu-Elreish

Aqsa School Bridgeview,

Joyce Htet

Arcadia High School Arcadia,

Matthew Walak

Natick High School Natick,

Madison Gaines

Williamsport High School Williamsport,

Sam Lem

Town School for Boys San Francisco,

Amman Kejela

Horace Mann School New York,

Gabrielle DeMarco

Enumclaw Middle School Enumclaw,

Jordan Hickson

Village Community School New York City,

Sarah Sidney

Natick High School Natick,

Idalina Pina

Middlesex School Concord,

Asia Moore

Newark Academy Livingston,

Brianna Spady

Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School Washington,

Jessica Zhou

West High School Torrance,

Kaitlyn Barr

International Academy Central Bloomfield Hills,

Isabella Pagano

Magnificat High School Rocky River,

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