8th Annual RI Eighth Grade Gandhi Essay Contest

Gandhi Awards Ceremony!

Congratulations to 15 Gandhi essay finalists, 6 essay winners, and 7 Compassion & Selfless Service Award recipients at the Center’s Gandhi Awards Ceremony held May 4 at the Rhode Island State House.

This year marks the 8th Annual Eighth Grade Gandhi Essay Contest with 76 essay submissions from 19 schools across Rhode Island. We are so proud of the students’ deep thinking and personal connections to Gandhi’s message of peace. And a big shout out to the amazing teachers and parents who support them.

Essay Winners:
1st Place – Genevieve Masson – St. Michael’s Country Day School
2nd Place – Vika Huth – St. Michael’s Country Day School
2nd Place – Caroline McCullough – Curtis Corner Middle School
3rd Place – Katherine Laliberte – Curtis Corner Middle School
3rd Place – Karlianne Torres – Segue Institute for Learning
3rd Place – Chapman White – Edward R. Martin Middle School

Finalists:
Elliot Abong – St. Michael’s Country Day School
Mia Bartlett – The Pennfield School
Cassidy-Lynne Collins – Veteran’s Junior High School
Mya Magriby – The Pennfield School
Orli Juarez – Edward R. Martin Middle School
Jack Pacheco – The Pennfield School
Grace Van Petten – The Pennfield School
Wendi Wang – The Pennfield School
Samuel Zwiener – Monsignor Clark School

Compassion & Selfless Service Recipients:
Madison Cerda – Mount Saint Charles Academy
Magnolia Longworth – Curtis Corner Middle School
Maria Japa – Nathanael Greene Middle School
Grace Petrarca – Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School
Kiran Ramratnam – The Pennfield School
Nayan Sapers – Lawn School
Lily Schattle – St Mary School

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Gandhi Essay Contest Ceremony 2015-2016

Watch the award ceremony and listen to finalists and contest winners talk of their experiences and the value of learning more about Gandhi and nonviolence.

Each year, the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies hosts the RI 8th Grade Gandhi Essay Contest. The purpose of this contest is to celebrate the life teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and to encourage Rhode Island students in Grade 8 to think critically about, personally connect with, and to become nonviolent peacemakers in their schools.

Thank you to all those teachers and students who have participated in the past and have helped to spread awareness of nonviolent and peaceful alternatives to conflicts, especially in our local and global communities today.