The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Past Winners
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Please note that all essays are the property of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the Foundation.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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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 MurtazUniversity 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, Claremont, CA


Second Prize
Peter Erickson
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Third Prize
Dan Carlin
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Honorable Mentions
Ayelet Amittay
Brown University, Providence, RI


&

Lauren Smith
University of Texas, Austin, TX


2003

First Prize
Aleksandr (Sasha) Senderovich
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA


Second Prize
Sarah Watkins
Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN


Third Prize
Katherine Bair
Youngstown State University, Warren, OH
Honorable Mentions
Alexandra Rahr
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

&

Brittany Perham
Tufts University, Somerville, MA


2002

First Prize
Courtney Martin
Barnard College, New York, NY


Second Prize
Yvette Cabrera-Rojas
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY


Third Prize
Ian Jankelowitz
University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Honorable Mentions
James Adomian
Whittier College, Whittier, CA


&

Aaron MacLean
St. John's College, Annapolis, MD


2001

First Prize
James D. Long IV
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA


Second Prize
Kelly A. Daley
Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY


Third Prize
Arielle S. Parker
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Honorable Mentions
Kelin A. Emmett
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

&

Jennifer C. Slagter
Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL


2000

First Prize
Alexa R. Kolbi-Molinas
Smith College, Northampton, MA


Second Prize
Matthew D. Mendham
Taylor University, Upland, IN


Third Prize
Minh P. Doan
Berea College, Berea, KY
Honorable Mentions

Daniel A. Brook
Yale University, New Haven, CT



&

Brett E. Gross
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN


1999

First Prize
Sami F. Halabi
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS


Second Prize
F. Jason Costa
Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Third Prize
Angela Leddy
State University of New York-Cortland, Cortland, NY
Honorable Mentions
Abigail Krauser
Columbia University, New York, NY

&

Stefan Schulz
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA


1998

First Prize
Laura Overland
University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO


Second Prize
Quanganh Richard Tran
University of California - Irvine, Irvine, CA


Third Prize
Megan Zuercher
College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO
Honorable Mentions
Lincoln Penn Hancock
Guilford College, Greensboro, NC


&

Richard Kemp
University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD


1997

First Prize
Tamara Duker
Duke University, Durham, NC


Second Prize
Bridgett Taylor
Castleton State College, Castleton, VT


Third Prize
Mark Reeder
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Honorable Mentions
Matthew Donohue
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

&

Janet Lin
Amherst College, Amherst, MA

&

David Siroky
Boston University, Boston, MA
 


1996

First Prize
Kim Kupperman
University of Maine - Machias, Machias, ME


Second Prize
David Greven
Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY


Third Prize
Jeanette Rosenfeld
Barnard College, New York, NY
Honorable Mentions
Virginia Henriksen
Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA


&

Chong-Min Hong
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


1995

First Prize
Andrea Useem
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


Second Prize
Courtney Brkic
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA


Third Prize
Nadia Yakoob
University of California - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Honorable Mentions
Monica Eiland
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

&

Marjorie Huang
Tufts University, Medford, MA


1994

First Prize
Win Travassos
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Second Prize
Robert Westerfelhaus
Ohio Dominican College, Columbus, OH


Third Prize
Rebecca Shelton
University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Honorable Mentions
Julie Cantor
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

&

Rachel Maddow
Stanford University, Stanford, CA


1993

First Prize
Jendi B. Reiter
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Second Prize
Aaron Thompson
Otterbein College, Westerville, OH


Third Prize
Carrie Miller
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
Honorable Mentions
Thomas Murphy
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

&

Juan M. Plascencia, Jr.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


1992

First Prize
Kimlyn Bender
Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND


Second Prize
Karen Ho
Washington University - St. Louis, St. Louis, MO


Third Prize
Thao Dinh Vo
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Honorable Mentions
David Eaton
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

&

Allison Handler
Williams College, Williamstown, MA

&

Donna McKereghan
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA


1991

First Prize
Peggy Brophy
Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH


Second Prize
Meredith L. Kilgore
University of Hawaii - Manoa, Honolulu, HI


Third Prize

Jason Hodin
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Honorable Mentions
Chris Newman
St. John's College, Annapolis, MD

&

Laura Elaine Pogliano
College of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

&

Steven Christopher Wrenn
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA


1990

First Prize
Amy Jessica Rosenzweig
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 8


Second Prize
Steven Jeffry Allen
Edgewood College, Madison, WI


Third Prize
Stephen Fairchild
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
Honorable Mentions
Paula C. Rhode
University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

&

Jonathan D. Springer
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

&

Daniel P. Thero
Siena College, Loudonville, NY


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