In 2018 the Musikavanhu family established an annual high school essay contest to encourage students to share their perspectives on defeating racism.
This year, due to COVID19 and delay in releasing the opportunity, we have modified the annual essay program to include two separate essay programs.
This year is the World of Wellesley’s 30th Anniversary. In recognition of this, for the first time, we will be offering both a Senior-specific participation in the 30th Anniversary 2020 World of Wellesley WHS Senior Essay Program (the “30WoW”) in addition to the usual program. All students have been invited to submit their essay for one of the two prompts below. Each essay should be no longer than 750 words and include all necessary citations. The 30WoW Program will honor two Senior winners at a Gold and Silver level. Offering prize money of $300 for Gold and $200 for Silver. This category applies to seniors who graduated in Summer of 2020. In addition, three Underclassmen Awards awards will be made for essay submissions and will be scored/judged, as usual i.e. ($500 for Gold, $300 for Silver and $200 for Silver). Read more about the 2020 high school essay contest here.
2020 Essay Prompts
1. Why Everyone (Conservative, Liberal or Otherwise) Needs to Unite In Defeating Racism In America.
2. The COVID 19 Pandemic Is Shown to Be Proportionately Affecting People of Color In America. In addition, Ahmaud Arbery, An Unarmed Young African American Was Shot and Killed While Jogging: If You Were In a Position of Leadership, What Policies Would You Support That Would Stop The Disproportionate Effect of these Two Plagues of COVID19 and Racially Motivated Violence on People of Color in America?
Students will be marked and potentially rewarded, regardless of the conclusions they come to, per se, on the following:
Recognition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will receive Gold, Silver or Bronze medal certificates and the respective monetary awards of $500, $300 and $200. The fourth and 5th placed participants will receive commendation with no certificate or monetary reward. The benefits of the podium winners will be the publication of the articles in the press and being recognized at the Wellesley High School Senior/Underclassmen Awards evening.
Aaron Lai – 1st
Taryn Lane – 2nd
Julia Pekowitz – 3rd
Lauren Kim – 4th
Yuhan (Claire) Liu – 5th
Carina Coelho—3rd (tie)
Clementine Starck—3rd (tie)
We appreciate every student who participates in this essay program. Thanks you for sharing your reflections. We enjoy reading all of your essays!