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.
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.