Essays by middle school students Elite Thor, Elizabeth Hansel, and Julia Brand have receive top billing in Roseville’s annual Human Rights Essay Contest.
Contestants were asked to cover tackle the following statement.
“Jokes or comments are commonly made, both accidentally and intentionally, at the expense of certain groups of people. Some individuals and organized groups actively work to stop hurtful speech. Provide at least two specific examples of how language results in the violation of or protection of human rights.”
A tough problem to consider, but Thor, Hansel, and Brand covered the topic the best. Their essays were selected from essays submitted by students from Roseville Area Middle School.
The Roseville City Council will recognize the winning students on April 6 at 6:00 p.m. during the City Council meeting. The community is encouraged to attend and congratulate the essay contest winners. The event will be available at www.cityofroseville.com/webstreaming and on Cable Channel 16.
Elite Thor took first place honors in the contest. He is a seventh grader at Roseville Area Middle School (RAMS). Thor is taught by Jeff Bibeau. In his essay, Thor cited examples of individuals discriminating against others based on sexual orientation and race. Thor’s essay will be entered in the statewide League of Human Rights Commissions contest.
Hansel’s essay was awarded second place. She is taught by Crystal Archer. Brand’s essay was awarded third place. She is taught by Lee Thao. Both Hansel and Brand are eighth graders at RAMS.
Each year the Roseville Human Rights Commission sponsors the essay contest. Commissioners evaluate essays based upon content and composition and select the best essays. Commissioners do not know who wrote the essays until after winners have been selected to ensure an unbiased review. Copies of winning essays are available at www.cityofroseville.com/humanrights.