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Tri-C announces essay contest focused on racial justice; cash prizes available to high school students

Posted at 11:00 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 11:00:21-05

CLEVELAND — Teens in Northeast Ohio are asked to weigh on a question that is front and center in society: "What is racism, and what should we do about it?"

Cuyahoga Community College is asking high school students in a seven-county area to submit their thoughts in an essay contest that is part of the school’s Stand for Racial Justice initiative.

“The idea is to encourage area students to think deeply and for themselves about one of the most pressing issues of our time,” said Matthew Jordan, dean of humanities at Tri-C. “We hope that the students’ submissions will help advance the conversation about race and racism in Northeast Ohio.”

The college’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center is sponsoring the event.

Essays can’t exceed 500 words and are due by midnight on Dec. 18.

Submission will be judged in two groups assigned by grade levels. One category for seniors and juniors, the other for sophomores and freshmen. The contest is open to students in Cuyahoga Geauga Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties.

First-place winners received $1,000 cash, $500 for second place and $250 for third place winners. Writers of the top five senior/junior submissions will be guaranteed entry into Tri-C’s Mandel Scholars Academy if they enroll at the college. Admission into the academy includes a scholarship valued at more than $10,000.

Submit essays here.

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