Two OHS Students Receive Awards for Speaking Out Against Hate
Orange High School seniors Allyson Zabell and Rachel Lieberman were each awarded a $1000 cash prize as finalists in the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage’s annual “Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out!” essay contest. The students, two of only 10 who were selected to speak at Severance Hall, represented Orange extremely well before a panel of esteemed judges including the editor of the Plain Dealer, attorneys, reporters and international organization directors. More than 1800 students from seven eligible counties initially shared their stories in the contest that offered more than $100,000 in scholarships.
The contest creators ask students to describe an act of discrimination, reflect on their own response and write a 500-word essay with a plan of action to affect change. Essays are scored on content, writing, originality and creativity, and utilization of the theme of personal responsibility.
Rachel spoke about Israeli-Arab conflicts she experienced firsthand while Ally focused on children in poverty and her “Share What You Wear” program. Orange High School was the only school with two finalists. Ally and Rachel are pictured above with Museum co-founders Tamar and Milton Maltz and Musical Arts Association Chairman Richard Bogomolny.
To read the transcripts of Rachel's and/or Allyson's essays, please click on the links below:
If you would like to view the slideshow from the Severance Hall event, please click on the photo below: