The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Past Winners
Click on the contest year to view the winners & their essays for that year.

Please note that all essays are the property of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the Foundation. All views and opinions expressed in the winning essays are those of the individual writers. The Foundation does not necessarily share these views.

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2014

First Prize

Christina Whitcomb
Bowdoin College


Second Prize

Jennifer Hu
Swarthmore College



Third Prize

Alejandro Camacho  
The University of Texas San Antonio
Honorable Mentions

Jean-Claude Velasquez 
Stony Brook University


&

Katelyn Edwards 
University of Tampa


2013

First Prize

Gavriel Brown
Yeshiva University


Second Prize

George Kuehnert
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Third Prize

Alyssa Hollingsworth
Berry College
Honorable Mentions

Lucinda Yang
Lee University



&


Jamie Odom
John Brown University


2012

First Prize

Sarah Ransohoff
University of North Carolina



Second Prize

Victor Hernandez-Jayme
University of Texas at San Antonio



Third Prize

Aimee Griffin
Gettysburg College

Honorable Mentions

Victoria Liu
University of Michigan



&

Logan Byrd
Brescia University



2011

First Prize

Jonathan Calloway
East Tennessee State University



Second Prize

Ethan Schwartz
University of Chicago



Third Prize

Kanglei Wang
Yale University

Honorable Mentions

Amy Schilit
University of Southern California



&

Rebekah Berger May
University of New Orleans



2010

First Prize

Joseph Vignone
Fordham University



Second Prize

Raphael Magarik
Yale University



Third Prize

Stephanie Wong
Washington University, St. Louis

Honorable Mentions

Andreana Lefton
American University



&

Jonathan Stamm
Rollins College



2009

First Prize

Zohar Atkins
Brown University



Second Prize

Alamdar Murtaz
University of Rochester



Third Prize

Alexander Englert
Gettysburg College

Honorable Mentions

Rita Chang
University of Delaware



&

Daniel Ming
Vassar College



2008

First Prize

Mae Gibson
University of Wisconsin-Superior


Second Prize

Heather Heldman
Yale University


Third Prize

Nikolas Nadeau
St. John's Univeristy (MN)
Honorable Mentions

Elaine Lai
Wesleyan University

&

Jessica Richman
Stanford University


2007

First Prize

Magogodi Makhene
Neumann College


Second Prize

Kathryn Edwards
University of Texas at Austin


Third Prize

Rebecca Kraus
Boston College

Honorable Mentions

Sophia Paraschos
Carleton College


&

Lynette Sieger
Westminster College


2006

First Prize

Tracy Ke
Duke University


Second Prize

Amia Srinivasan
Yale University


Third Prize

Tristan Fischl
Western Connecticut State University
Honorable Mentions

Christopher Allison
Olivet Nazarene University


&

Siri Davenport
University of Louisville


2005

First Prize

Sarah Stillman
Yale University


Second Prize

Christine Henneberg
Pomona College


Third Prize

Catherine Bosley
George Washington University
Honorable Mentions

Logan Plaster
Northwestern University


&

Katharine Wilkinson
The University of the South


2004

First Prize

Leslie Barnard
Pomona College


Second Prize

Peter Erickson
University of Chicago


Third Prize

Dan Carlin
Washington University
Honorable Mentions

Ayelet Amittay
Brown University


&

Lauren Smith
University of Texas


2003

First Prize

Aleksandr (Sasha) Senderovich
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Second Prize

Sarah Watkins
Indiana University Southeast


Third Prize

Katherine Bair
Youngstown State University
Honorable Mentions

Alexandra Rahr
Dalhousie University

&

Brittany Perham
Tufts University


2002

First Prize

Courtney Martin
Barnard College


Second Prize

Yvette Cabrera-Rojas
University of Louisville


Third Prize

Ian Jankelowitz
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Honorable Mentions

James Adomian
Whittier College


&

Aaron MacLean
St. John's College


2001

First Prize

James Long IV
College of William and Mary


Second Prize

Kelly Daley
Mount Saint Mary College


Third Prize

Arielle Parker
Brandeis University
Honorable Mentions

Kelin Emmett
Michigan State University

&

Jennifer Slagter
Trinity Christian College


2000

First Prize

Alexa Kolbi-Molinas
Smith College


Second Prize

Matthew Mendham
Taylor University


Third Prize

Minh Doan
Berea College
Honorable Mentions


Daniel Brook
Yale University



&

Brett Gross
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


1999

First Prize

Sami Halabi
Kansas State University


Second Prize

Jason Costa
Emory University


Third Prize

Angela Leddy
State University of New York-Cortland
Honorable Mentions

Abigail Krauser
Columbia University

&

Stefan Schulz
Sonoma State University


1998

First Prize

Laura Overland
University of Missouri - Kansas City


Second Prize

Quanganh Richard Tran
University of California - Irvine


Third Prize

Megan Zuercher
College of the Ozarks
Honorable Mentions

Lincoln Hancock
Guilford College


&

Richard Kemp
University of Maryland - Baltimore County


1997

First Prize

Tamara Duker
Duke University


Second Prize

Bridgett Taylor
Castleton State College


Third Prize

Mark Reeder
University of New Hampshire
Honorable Mentions

Matthew Donohue
Oregon State University

&

Janet Lin
Amherst College

&

David Siroky
Boston University
 


1996

First Prize

Kim Kupperman
University of Maine - Machias


Second Prize

David Greven
Hunter College of the City University of New York


Third Prize

Jeanette Rosenfeld
Barnard College
Honorable Mentions

Virginia Henriksen
Buena Vista University


&

Chong-Min Hong
Harvard University


1995

First Prize

Andrea Useem
Dartmouth College


Second Prize

Courtney Brkic
College of William and Mary


Third Prize

Nadia Yakoob
University of California - Los Angeles
Honorable Mentions

Monica Eiland
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

&

Marjorie Huang
Tufts University


1994

First Prize

Win Travassos
Harvard University


Second Prize

Robert Westerfelhaus
Ohio Dominican College


Third Prize

Rebecca Shelton
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Honorable Mentions

Julie Cantor
Stanford University

&

Rachel Maddow
Stanford University


1993

First Prize

Jendi B. Reiter
Harvard University


Second Prize

Aaron Thompson
Otterbein College


Third Prize

Carrie Miller
Claremont McKenna College
Honorable Mentions

Thomas Murphy
University of Iowa

&

Juan M. Plascencia, Jr.
Harvard University


1992

First Prize

Kimlyn Bender
Jamestown College


Second Prize

Karen Ho
Washington University - St. Louis


Third Prize

Thao Dinh Vo
Dartmouth College
Honorable Mentions

David Eaton
Trinity University

&

Allison Handler
Williams College

&

Donna McKereghan
Eastern Washington University


1991

First Prize

Peggy Brophy
Colby-Sawyer College


Second Prize

Meredith L. Kilgore
University of Hawaii - Manoa


Third Prize


Jason Hodin
Wesleyan University

Honorable Mentions

Chris Newman
St. John's College

&

Laura Elaine Pogliano
College of St. Francis

&

Steven Christopher Wrenn
Santa Clara University


1990

First Prize

Amy Rosenzweig
Northwestern University


Second Prize

Steven Allen
Edgewood College


Third Prize

Stephen Fairchild
Claremont McKenna College
Honorable Mentions

Paula Rhode
University of Tampa

&

Jonathan Springer
Harvard University

&

Daniel P. Thero
Siena College


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