Stronger Than Hate Challenge Winners Gallery

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Stronger Than Challenge! The winners this year are 1st place - Madhalasa, 2nd place – Ramaa, and 3rd place – Aneesa.

Learn more about this year’s winners and their projects below.

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge invites students ages 13-18 to create a video, write a poem, song, or blog, or produce a painting or piece of artwork that demonstrates the chosen medium’s potential to create a community that is stronger than hate. Winning entries are eligible to win up to $10,000 in prizing!

2021 Winning Entries

Where Were You?

Madhalasa used her voice to tell an oral story to counter the hate and discrimination she’s seen in an effort to inspire others so that history does not repeat itself.

Being Stronger Than Hate

Ramaa wrote a poem that inspires people to spread love, kindness and positivity in the world. She hopes her poem encourages readers to reflect on how their actions can make a difference.

Through Our Eyes

Aneesa created this poem to help inspire finding the root of an issue or problem to transform society for the better. She desires to use her platform to amplify voices on all different kinds of issues.

2020 Winning Entries

Conquering Hate Through Testimony

Emma F. from San Clemente High School located in San Clemente, CA created an artistic multi-media project depicting a hand-drawn mural of George Floyd with the words “you can’t conquer hate with hatred.” As Emma stated in her submission, the piece connects the “current situations in the United States of racism to what has happened throughout history. So many of the genocide survivors’ stories have strong similarities to what is occurring today,” said Emma.

The Strength in Love

Vaishnavi M. from R.J. Grey Junior High School located in Acton, MA demonstrated the power of positivity through art. “As shown in my painting, hate is like a fire burning everything in its path. It affects everyone, even the people spewing the hate. There is no strength in hate, but instead a lot of strength in mercy and compassion,” said Vaishnavi. “So, if hate is like fire, then love is like the water that puts it out," explained Vaishnavi.

No Longer Silent

Anayla W. from Episcopal High School located in Houston, TX used testimony to raise awareness about the “whole side to history that people never talk about,” said Anayla. “Especially during times like these, I like to have open conversations with people… I like to speak to others and share my experiences in life to enlighten others.”

2019 Winning Entries

Learning to Love

Students from Monte Vista High School in Danville, California hosted a community speaking event to foster conversations about diversity in their school in an effort to prove how individuals can change their behavior to help combat hate.

Choosing Kindness Over Hate

Students from Jeannette Senior High School in Jeanette, PA created ‘Choose Kind,’ a student-led initiative that used fundraisers, the creation of an anti-hate mural, and community pledges to demonstrate that kindness is more powerful than hate.

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Students from Renaissance Academy in Phoenixville, PA hosted workshops for teachers at their school to educate them about the different challenges students face on a daily basis related to sexuality, race, religion as well as solutions for how to address these situations.

About The Partners

USC Shoah Foundation

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USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute's current collection of 55,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes. 

Discovery Education

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Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.