Peace & Justice Writing Contest for Paterson High School Students, 2013

     In February 2013, the Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice invited high school students in the city of Paterson to participate in a peace and justice writing contest. The contest offered high school students an opportunity to reflect on important contemporary social problems and their solutions, and share those reflections in a public setting.

         Students were asked to submit by April 16 an essay of not more than 1,500 words on one of three topics:

  1. Choose some international conflict. Describe the conflict and propose a peaceful solution. Explain why your solution would be just and achievable.
  2. Choose a country in which some social injustice is occurring. Describe the problem and propose a solution. Explain why your solution would be just and achievable.
  3. Choose some situation in the United States— whether in your local community, New Jersey, or nationwide—where citizens are experiencing social injustice. Describe the problem and propose a solution. Explain why your solution would be just and achievable.

         Submissions were judged in two categories: 1) 9th and 10th graders, and 2) 11th and 12th graders.

         Within each category, three winning essays and an honorable mention were selected. The winning essays were read at a dinner at William Paterson University on June 10, 2013. All eight essays are linked below.

         Congratulations to our winners!

RESULTS

9th and 10th grade contest

1st place
Jose Colon
10 grade, School of Information Technology at Eastside High School
Human Trafficking

2nd place
Farzana Z. Line
9 grade, International High School
Craving for Oil In Ecuador

3rd place
Stanley Tremols
10th grade, School of Information Technology at Eastside High School
Sex Trafficking

Honorable Mention
Trenice Brockington
10th grade, School of Information Technology at Eastside High School
Racial Profiling

11th and 12th grade contest

1st Place
Yasmin Angon
11th grade, International High School
The Dream Act Revolution

2nd Place
Secilia Flores
12th grade, School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside High School
Genetically Modified Food

3rd Place
Rodny Rodriguez
11th grade, School of Information Technology at Eastside High School
Child Labor

Honorable Mention
Briggitte Sanchez
12th grade, School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside High School
Immigration