Student & Alumni Upstander Contest

2014 Facing History Together Student & Alumni Upstander Contest

Facing History and Ourselves teaches us to think about the world in a new way, igniting an ongoing conversation about how we can build a society free of racism, antisemitism, bullying, and hatred of all kinds. For our pilot Student & Alumni Upstander Contest, we invited select students and alumni of our Innovative Schools Network and students of Margot Stern Strom Award winners to submit either a 500-word essay or a 3-minute spoken word video responding to a video profile of Benjamin B. Ferencz.

Ferencz has dedicated his career to the pursuit of international justice and world peace, including serving as Chief Prosecutor for the Nuremberg war crimes trials, where he prosecuted 22 German officers for their crimes in the Holocaust. An outspoken proponent of international justice, Ferencz’s goal is to replace the rule of force with the rule of law.

Contest participants responded to the following prompt:
Think about your world and your identity today. Tell us, how will you become a watcher of the sky for future generations?

Facing History and Ourselves selected semifinalists in each of the essay and spoken word video categories among numerous impressive entries. Now join us in selecting one winner in each category, who will each receive an award of $2,500 toward their college tuition in honor Benjamin B. Ferencz and made possible by the Planethood Foundation.

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Watcher of the Sky

Honorary Judges

SEKOU ANDREWS, honorary judge
SEKOU ANDREWS Poetic Voice, Inspirational Speaker Two-time winner of the National Poetry Slam
Spoken word poetry honorary judge
CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE Novelist, Nonfiction Writer, and Editor Author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train
Essay submission honorary judge

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