TAP Proudly Presents
The 2010-2011 Essay Contest Winners!

The High School Division Essay Contest Winners:

First Place Prize: $300

Brian M. Wong, Alameda High School, Alameda, California

Second Place Prize: $200

Imani Banks, Cleveland Heights High School, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Third Place Prize: $100

Houda Abdelrahman, Fargo South High School, Fargo, North Dakota

Honorable Mention

Felicia DePriest, Immaculata High School, Leavenworth, Kansas

Andrea Dygert, York High School, Seaford, Virginia

Azya C. Glass, Dutchtown High School, Stockbridge, Georgia

Katie Snider, Riverdale High School, Mt. Blanchard, Ohio

Fabricio Torrez, Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville, Florida

The High School Question:

Popular media from magazines to movies to television offer images, stories, and information that influence our prejudices and how we think about topics and situations. What is a topic or situation in the media that made you realize a prejudice of your own? What did you learn? What actions would/could you take to help others understand better?

Entries must not exceed 1000 words, must be typed or neatly written, clearly organized, and must address all parts of the question.

The Middle School Division Essay Contest Winners:

First Place Prize: $300

Alexis Locsin, International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Second Place Prize: $200

Johanna Kopecky, Carl Traeger Middle School, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Third Place Prize: $100

Sabree Elaine Harris, Trickum Middle School, Lilburn, Georgia

Honorable Mention

Allison Gilbreth, Indian Valley Middle School, Springfield, Ohio

Michael Jensen, Vernon Center Middle School, Vernon, Connecticut

Hijab Khan, Vernon Center Middle School, Vernon, Connecticut

Kirsten Lawson, Indian Valley Middle School, Enon, Ohio

Molly Lippitt, West Hills Middle School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

The Middle School Question:

Movies and TV programs often show prejudice and discrimination against a race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or other group of people. Some movies and TV programs successfully demonstrate how hurtful discrimination can be. Others totally ignore this fact and may even increase or promote hate and biased attitudes.

Write the story for a new movie or TV program OR change the story of an existing movie or TV program with the goal of raising awareness of discrimination and prejudice. What would the name be for your show or film? What would your story be? Please include solutions to decrease prejudice and discrimination.

Entries must not exceed 750 words, and must be typed or neatly written, clearly organized and answer all parts of the question.