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2021 Contest Announcement:

We are delighted to announce the 33rd “Celebration of Youth” essay contest for students in grades 4 to 9 in DCPS and DCPHS schools.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 WINNERS & HONORABLE MENTIONS

32nd “Celebration of Youth” Essay Contest Winners & Honorable Mentions

We are very proud of you. THANK YOU for capturing the spirit of the essay contest and for being the brave, smart, talented individual you are.

Grade 4-6 Winners

First Place: Rahel Tseganeh Belay 5th grade, Bruce Monroe ES – Amy Dinan

Second Place: Emma Cappelloni, 5th grade, Murch Elementary – Corri Deegan,

Third Place: Lisbeth Tobar Linares 5th grade, Bruce Monroe ES – – Amy Dinan

Fourth Place: Isabelle Pierre, 5th grade, Bruce Monroe ES – Amy Dinan

Fifth Place: No’ele Silas, 5th grade, Excel Academy – Alaina Wood

Sixth Place: Colette Gregg, 6th grade, Stuart Hobson – Mickisha Bonner

Grade 7-9 Winners

First Place: Raphael Fox, 7th grade, Alice Deal MS – Ms. Elisabeth Chay

Second Place: Grace Thornton*, 7th grade, Hardy Middle School – Matthew Gallant

Third Place: Evan Malik Bowie, 8th grade, 2 Rivers PCS – Nicole Clark

Fourth Place: Peace McFarland, 8th grade, Alice Deal MS – Ms. Tingling-Clemmons

Fifth Place: Pierce Lilly**, 7th grade, DC International PCS – Jenae Carter

Sixth Place: Ana Garcia-Guevara, 7th grade, Whittier EC – Abby Smith

*First Place Winner in 2017, ** Honorable Mention in 2018


Honorable Mentions

Josselin Aguirre-Martinez*, 8th grade, Whittier EC -Abby Smith

Princewill Anyanwu, 7th grade, Paul PCS – Ms. Stevenson

Tracy-Praise Atud, 4th grade, Bunker Hill ES – Ms. Rachel Thomas

Olivia Beard, 4th Grade, Stoddert ES, Patricia Bowlin

Sabrina Bergeron, Grade 8, Alice Deal – January Morrison

Kahlil Boyd, 4th grade, Ingenuity Prep – Ms. Lizzy Schwartz

Eris Busey, 5th grade, Maury ES – Mother: Ericka

Hadley Carr**, Grade 9, Wilson HS, Anna Batler

Mason Day, 5th grade, Bancroft Elementary – Esther Amaya

Seville Edeler, 4th grade, John Eaton E.S., Ms. Samantha Magnuson

Christian Gebre, 5th grade, Bancroft ES, Esther Amaya

Aria Goldson***, 8th grade, DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus, Ms. Orzechowski

Peter Haun, 4th grade, Bancroft ES – Ms. Esther Amaya

Thu Huynh, 7th grade, Whittier EC -Abby Smith

Seven O. Jamison, 6th grade, Stuart Hobson M.S., Ms. Mickisha Bonner

Darwin Leiva, 4th grade, Barnard ES. Alina Majer-Robbins

Joshua Lopez-Jimenez,5th grade, Bruce Monroe ES@ Parkview – Amy Dinan

Morgan Lytle, Grade 9, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Marquis Mathis

Lio Martinez, 4th grade, Bancroft Elementary – Esther Amaya

Elizabeth Newman, 5th grade, Capital City Public Charter School -Abby Raines

Denver Parker, 8th grade, Washington Latin PCS – Dr. Diana Smith

Nayely Rodriguez, Grade 4, Bancroft Elementary Esther Amaya

Yari Sowell, 4th grade, Barnard ES, Alina Majer-Robbins

Aliyah Williams, 5th grade, Excel Academy – Alaina Woods

*Seventh place winner in 2018, **Honorable Mention in 2018, *** Honorable Mention in 2019


Special Mentions

Ashley Ayala-Buruca, 5th grade, Whittier EC – Ms. Lee (Rain) Wallin

Makaila Banks, 5th Grade, CW Harris ES – Ms. Virginia Monroe

Zoe Becker, 6th grade, Alice Deal MS – Michael Martis

Jackson Benefield, 4th grade, Barnard ES – Alina Majer-Robbins

Ean Bowie, 9th grade, Ron Brown College Preparatory HS – Christian Parks

*Jude Sturiale Brenan, 5th grade, John Eaton ES – Tara Pendleton

Felix Damgaard, 4th grade, Bancroft ES – Ms. Esther Amaya

Carli Edwards, Grade 5, Excel Academy – Ms. Alaina Wood

Lessly Flores, 9th Grade, Benjamin Banneker Academic HS – Ms. Marcia Morris

Giselle Dinarte Galleas, 4th grade, Barnard ES – Alina Majer-Robbins

Kaziah Heath, 9th grade, Duke Ellington HS of the Arts

Zachary Kovner, 8th grade, Alice Deal MS – Amy Trenkle

Anya Lilly, 4th Grade, Yu Ying PCS – Annie Ng

William Lumb, 9th grade, Woodrow Wilson HS – Jenna Postler

Comfort Nkop, 8th Grade, Center City PCS Brightwood Campus

Shawn Permenter, 5th grade, CW Harris ES – Virginia Monroe

*Layla Rethy, 7th grade, Alice Deal MS -David Silberman

Tate Rogers, 4th grade, Ingenuity Prep – Ms. Lizzy Schwartz

Eva Ruf, 4th grade, Bancroft ES, Esther Amaya

Khyree Smith, 4th grade, Dorothy Heights ES- Nicholas Kesaris

Annabelle Stark, 4th grade, Murch ES – Monica Davis

Leo Stitziel, 5th grade, Murch ES – Victoria Otten

Owen Stone, 7th grade, Alice Deal MS – Megan Belser

Joseph Thomas, 4th Grade, Watkins ES – Mr. Layth Elmusa

Makayla Todd, 4th grade, Barnard ES – Alina Majer-Robbins

Sindy Torres-Granados, 7th grade, Whittier EC – Abby Smith

Luke Voss, 5th grade, Janney ES – Ms. Mary Thomas

Julia Wander, 4th grade, Stoddert – Patricia Bowlin

Jachai Warren, 7th grade, Paul PCS – Ms. Stevenson

Naeveh White, 5th grade, Bruce Monroe at Park View – Amy Dinan

*Honorable mention in 2019