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HUDSON, Ohio -- Western Reserve Academy junior Charlie Kolodziej has beenhonored as a finalist in the Facing History and Ourselves Student Essay contest.
Nearly 5,2000 submissions were received from students in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada.
Each essay tackled the same prompt --in 500 words or less, respond to Elie Wiesel's quote: "Let us not forget, after all, that there is always a moment when the moral choice is made. Often because of one story or one book or one person, we are able to make a different choice, a choice for humanity, for life."
Charlie's essay, "Why I No Longer Hide My Rainbow," stands among 16 essays in the final round of the competition.
"Charlie's essay about courage, love, and allyship is incredibly moving," said English Department faculty member Douglas Ray. "I'm pleased that his voice is reaching an international audience and engaging in crucial dialogue."
Three students in 712th grade will qualify as the overall winners, receiving: A $5,000 Upstander Award $500 Classroom Award, designated to their teacherSeven students in 712th grade will be selected as the finalists, receiving: Seven $1,000 Upstander Awards A $250 Classroom Award, designated to their teachersTeachers, students and community members can now help select the winners byreading the essays and voting until 12 p.m. EST on Friday, April 21.
Charlie's essay, "Why I No Longer Hide My Rainbow," can be found here, along with the ability to vote for it: http://contest.facinghistory.org/choices/voting.