Congratulations, Alex Supron!
1st Place Gandhi Essay Contest Winner 2013
Read Alex’s Essay: “The Ripple Effect of Ahimsa”
Alex Supron, 8th Grade Student at St. Michael’s Country Day, of Newport, RI, reading his winning essay at the annual award ceremony at URI.
In 2012-13 we received a total of 88 entries from 8th graders from 17 schools across Rhode Island, from which our 21 finalists were selected.
Our 2012 Gandhi Essay Contest Finalists and the Schools:
Lydia Beal St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport
Andrew Binder The Gordon School, Providence
Victoria Boatright St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport
Allie Brennan Winman Jr. High School, Warwick
Casey Gannon Winman Jr. High School, Warwick
Deirdre Irvine St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport
Sydney Jenkins Moses Brown School, Providence
Gwendolyn Kalian Winman Jr. High School, Warwick
Michael Kodua Slater Junior High School, Pawtucket
Andre LoPresti St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport
Aubrianna Majewski St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport
Jessica McDonald Saint Philomena, Portsmouth
Haley Pallock Winman Jr. High School, Warwick
MaryAnn Rompf St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport
Julia Sharma-Mathias Winman Jr. High School, Warwick
Ava Sheldon Winman Jr. High School, Warwick
Meghan Smith Saint Philomena, Portsmouth
Eliana Stein Winman Jr. High School, Warwick
*Alex Supron St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport*
Vanessa Varone Sacred Heart School, East Providence
Ariana Wynn Park View Middle School, Cranston
All Finalists received certificates and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners received cash prizes! We’re so excited by this important opportunity for our Center to focus on educating Rhode Island youth about Gandhi and his Nonviolent philosophy of life. We’d like to congratulate ALL off our participants for enlightening us with their thoughtful essays! Please join us in congratulating these amazing students!
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Who is Eligible to Participate?
All students in Grade 8 who attend public, private, parochial, or home school programs in Rhode Island.
Every student submitting an essay will receive an official certificate of participation from URI. A smaller number of students who have written the best essays will be selected to receive awards and cash prizes, and be recognized at our award ceremony on the URI campus in early May.
Essay General Guidelines
- Format: Personal Essay.
- Essay must be double-spaced, typed, and a maximum of 3 pages (750 words)
- 12-point font size, 1 inch margins.
- MLA format will be used for any in-text citations and for the works cited page. Works cited page is not included in page and word count.
- COVER PAGE with student name, grade, school name, mailing address, telephone, email contact. Attach to original essay
- Do not include your name on the essay pages (your name should be only on cover page).
- Please provide 1 additional copy of your original essay (a total of 2 essays)
- All essays should be stapled to prevent lost pages.
- Be sure to keep an additional copy for yourself because essays will not returned.
Essays will be initially reviewed and screened by the judging committees organized and directed by URI faculty of by tfrom the university’s School of Education and Writing Program. Essays are judged based on how well they address the prompt, and whether they are well-written, thoughtful, and memorable. Ideas should be developed and clearly organized, using effective and grammatically correct language. All essays should follow the directions and comply with the contest guidelines. The best essays are then read and judged by members of the contest committee, responsible for deciding final place winners.
The contest is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, the University Honors Program, the URI School of Education and the URI Writing Program.
Final Decisions will be announced May 1, 2013
For more information or if you have any questions please contact us:
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or call: 401-874-2875