Prize Winners

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Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.” — Elie Wiesel

2017 Winners

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity is pleased to congratulate the 2017 winners of The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Click on the essay titles to read this years winning essays!

First Prize ($5,000):
Darren Yau
Truthfulness and Tragedy: Notes from an Immigrant’s Son
Wheaton College

Second Prize ($2,500):
Ana Dougherty
Ethical Obligations to the “Unwanted”
University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill

Third Prize ($1,500):
Michael Ivory
An Outsider’s Epiphany While Playing an Insider’s Game
Duke University

Honorable Mention ($500 each):
Ryan Duffy
Ethics for the Looming Storm
Boston College

AND

Eleanor Eagan
Mass Incarceration and Poverty: The Morality of the American Criminal Justice System
Middlebury College

*Please note that all essays are the property of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the Foundation.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.

Past Year's 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Please note that all essays are the property of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the Foundation.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.

First Prize

Christina Whitcomb
Bowdoin College

Second Prize

Jennifer Hu
Swarthmore College

Third Prize

Alejandro Camacho
The University of Texas San Antonio

Honorable Mentions

Katelyn Edwards
University of Tampa

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

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

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

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

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

First Prize

Mae Gibson
University of Wisconsin-Superior

Second Prize

Heather Heldman
Yale University

Third Prize

Nikolas Nadeau
St. John’s University (MN)

Honorable Mentions

Elaine Lai
Wesleyan University
&
Jessica Richman
Stanford University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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