Maltz Essay Winners Announced

$50,000 scholarship awarded to student for essay about being openly gay

Finalists in the Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out essay contest, sponsored by the were honored Sunday at a ceremony at Severance Hall.

Alexander Stojsavljevic, a senior at Normandy High School in Parma was awarded the top honor — a $50,000 college scholarship. He wrote about how being openly gay has opened his eyes to discrimination. 

Also awarded scholarships in the 11th- and 12th-grade contest were Cedric Thorbes, a senior at Glenville High School who won a $25,000 scholarship and Hayleigh Sanders, a junior at Olmsted High School who won $15,000.

There were 22 other finalists, including senior and University Heights resident Bracha Greenfeld, who received an honorable mention; 's , who earned third in the ninth-grade contest; and Beachwood Middle School's and who earned first and third places, respectively, in the sixth-grade contest. 

Beachwood Middle School was also honored as having been one of the top sources of submissions. More than 1,700 students from seven counties entered.


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