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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. We will be contacting you to give you information about receiving your award.

Over 40 special mentions will be announced in June.

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