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Gandhi Essay Contest 2012-2013





To See the Full Scoring Rubric Used for Judging Essays – Click Here



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.
These students, their families, teachers, and principals were invited to join us for our 2013 Gandhi Essay Award Ceremony on May 1st, from 5pm – 7pm at the Multicultural Center Forum at URI. At this ceremony we recognized several second and third place essay winners, and announced the overall first place essay winner, ALEX SUPRON, who read his winning essay.

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.

Judging Criteria

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.

To See the Full Rubric for Scoring Contest Essays Click Here


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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