Friday, Sept. 14 at 8:00 pm, winners of a student essay contest on the theme of immigration were announced. Xavier University’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement (Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director) and Center for the Study of the American Dream (Michael Ford, founding director) created the contest as part of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s follow-up on the booklet, Cincinnati: A City of Immigrants. Ingber served on the committee that created the booklet and Xavier was a lead sponsor.
More than 30 junior and senior high schools participated in the essay contest. Students from more than 20 different cultural backgrounds submitted essays. They were asked to reflect on how the immigrant experience has touched their lives and how Cincinnati should integrate new immigrants. The winners received their awards at the Hispanic Heritage Gala at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Katherine Ryder, coordinator for the Center for the Study of the American Dream, was keynote speaker at the event.
This is the first year of an annual scholarship contest that will be offered to junior high and high school students in the Greater Cincinnati area. The 2013 application will be available in the spring. Contest details for 2013 will be available soon through the website (www.Cincinnati-CityofImmigrants.com).
First Place: $1,000 Scholarship – OR - one new iPad + $500
Junior High School: Alberto Mora, from Cincinnati, OH, parents originally from Mexico, 9th grade at Purcell Marian High School.
High School: Alex Thesken, from Cincinnati, OH, parents originally from Germany, senior at Lakota West High School.
Second Place: Second Place: $750 Scholarship –OR- one new iPad + $250
Junior High School: Alexis Afriyie, born in Ghana, parents from Ghana, 9th grade at Lakota East High School.
High School: Daniel Riveros, born in Colombia, parents from Colombia, senior at Lakota West High School
Third Place: Third Place: $500 Scholarship –OR- one new iPad
Junior High School: Mon Bajgain, born in Nepal, parents from Bhutan, 8th grade at White Oak Middle School.
High School: Jesus Avila, born in San Antonio, TX, parents from Mexico, senior at Princeton High School.