Annual Musikavanhu High School Essay Contest

in partnership with the Musikavanhu family and Wellesley Public Schools

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:

  • Thoroughness and accuracy of the research into the topic;
  • Clarity of reasoning and presentation of the data, opinion and facts unearthed by the research process; and
  • The practicality of solutions and actions to be undertaken by the student in ensuring that the following from the US Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” can be implemented to the elimination of racism in the Union, and in time, the world beyond;
  • Please keep all material confidential as individual permission may need to be sought for the Winners or other participants.


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.

Congratulations to Our Winners


Aaron Lai – 1st

Taryn Lane – 2nd

Julia Pekowitz – 3rd

Lauren Kim – 4th

Yuhan (Claire) Liu – 5th


Sadhana Mandala—1st

Sierra Sinclair—2nd

Taryn Lane—3rd


Jennifer Guo—1st

Kay Rideo—2nd

Carina Coelho—3rd (tie)

Clementine Starck—3rd (tie)

Thank You!

We appreciate every student who participates in this essay program. Thanks you for sharing your reflections. We enjoy reading all of your essays!