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Solon Students Take Top Honors in MLK Day Essay Contest

SOLON STUDENTS WIN AWARDS IN ANNUAL CUYAHOGA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY RACIAL INJUSTICE ESSAY CONTEST

Solon High School students made an inspirational mark on this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Stand for Racial Justice High School Essay Contest, earning three of the six awards presented.

Senior Wendy Wu, junior Ava Parikh and sophomore Aparna Srikanth were recognized for their poignant essays on What is Racism and What Should We Do About It? The essay contest is part of the college’s Stand for Racial Justice initiative aimed at advancing racial equity and promoting healing.

“The idea is to encourage area students to think deeply and for themselves about one of the most pressing issues of our time,” said Matthew Jordan, Tri-C dean of humanities, in announcing the contest.

Wendy won first place in the junior/senior division for her essay about “The Wounds of Racism and How Justice Can Prevail.”

Ava received third place in the junior/senior division for her work “Racism is Our Responsibility, Our Nemesis.”

Aparna’s essay “George Floyd’s Death was the Catalyst” earned third place in the sophomore/freshmen division.  

“Our students are listening, they are motivated and they are engaged,” said Erin Short, SHS principal. “The work we are doing as a school through our PTA Diversity and Inclusion lessons is more important than ever. We have so much to learn from our students if we just listen.”

 

 

 

 

Senior Wendy Wu – Contest WINNER

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2021/01/go-back-to-china-tri-c-essay-contest-winner-wendy-wu-writes-about-wounds-of-racism-and-how-justice-can-prevail.html

 

Sophomore Aparana Srikanth – 3rd place winner

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2021/01/george-floyds-death-was-the-catalyst.html

 

Junior Ava Parikh – 3rd place winner

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2021/01/racism-is-our-responsibility-our-nemesis-tri-c-racial-justice-essay-third-place-winner-ava-parikh.html