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Congratulations, Grace Miner!

1st Place Gandhi Essay Contest Winner 2012

Grace Miner, 8th Grade Student at Archie R. Cole Middle School, of East Greenwich, RI, reading her winning essay at the annual award ceremony at URI

In 2011-12 we received a total of 187 entries from 8th graders from 19 schools across Rhode Island, from which our 22 finalists were selected. These students, their families, teachers, and principals were invited to join us for our 2012 Gandhi Essay Award Ceremony on May 1st, from 5pm – 6pm 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, GRACE MINER, who read her winning essay.


Our 2012 Gandhi Essay Contest Finalists and the Schools:

Anastasia Paterson                              St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport

Alex Richard                                    Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

Beibhinn Anderson          Providence Country Day School, E. Providence

Colleen McCauley                               Chariho Middle School, Charlestown

Danielle Dottor                                Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

Emily Elder                                                             Gordon School, Barrington

*Grace Miner                             Archie R. Cole Middle School, E. Greenwich*

Haley Medeiros                 Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School, Coventry

Isabella Casey                                       St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport

Isabelle Bolanos                                                      Saint Philomena, Tiverton

Jason Lake                                        Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

Katie Caparco                                       Chariho Middle School, Charlestown

Katherine Hofmann                                              Gordon School, Barrington

Katherine Milson                                              Saint Mary School, Cranston

Laura Husak                                        St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport

Linnea Bjornson                                                    Saint Philomena, Tiverton

Madeleine O’Shea                               St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport

Michael Ludwig                                   St. Michael’s Country Day, Newport

Patricia Alzaibak                                                   Saint Philomena, Tiverton

Sydney Farrea                                       Sacred Heart School, E. Providence

Tyler Hickey                                               Saint Margaret School, Rumford

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.

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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

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