Contest Winners Announced!

The 2019 Youth Voices HB Essay & Art Contest was a city-wide search for the top human relations essays and artwork created by high school students in Huntington Beach and in the Huntington Beach Union High School District. Winners were recognized at a reception held May 30, 2019. (photos below)

List of Winners:

Opinion Essay

In a thoughtful, well-researched and well-written essay or opinion piece (op-ed) of less than 750 words, discuss an issue raised by the balance between First Amendment Rights and hate speech, taking a position on a specific issue.

Co-First Place Winners:
Nhu Vu (Westminster High School, Grade 11)
Ineffectiveness of “Hate Speech” Censorship
Isabella Brannon (Ocean View High School, Grade 10)
Hate Speech vs. Free Speech

Merit Award Recipients:
Alan Pham ( Westminster High School, Grade 11)
Pleading the First
Kevin Doan ( Westminster High School, Grade 11)
Government Sponsored Institutions Should Not Regulate Hate Speech
Nathalie Le ( Westminster High School, Grade 11)
Limit Hate Speech on Social Media but Not by Government” 
Steve Le ( Westminster High School, Grade 11)
The Line Between Free and Hate Speech

Personal Narrative Essay:

In a thoughtful and well-written narrative essay of no more than 400 words, relate an experience with intolerance, one you have experienced or one you have observed, and the courage or growth with which the intolerance was met.

First Place Winner:
Celeste Powell (Edison High School, Grade 10)
Toughness From “Nigglet”

Merit Award Recipients:
Trenton Bellinger ( Edison High School, Grade 10)
Jewish Community Strengthened by Swastikas
Isabella Brannon (Ocean View High School, Grade 10)
Swastikas and My Faith and Identity
Ruth Salter (Edison High School, Grade 10)
Homeless Artist in London
Jasmine Nguyen (Edison High School, Grade 10)
I was born here.  Why tell me to go home for speaking Vietnamese?
Landon Rakhshan(Edison High School, Grade 10)
Accusing the Tolerant of Intolerance
Miranda Shannon (Edison High School, Grade 10)
Called a’White Girl’
Hailey Warner (Edison High School, Grade 10)
White Grandparents in Korean Restaurant

Art Contest:

Create an original piece of artwork that explores an issue of tolerance and diversity in the life of a Huntington Beach area high school student. The finished piece should convey a clear message about responding to intolerance and the strength that is needed to do so.

Co-First Place Winners:
Christine Nguyen (Ocean View High School, Grade 10)
Artist Statement Re “Unity”
Claire Sala (Huntington Beach High School, Grade 12)
“Too Loud”
Artist Statement Re “Too Loud”

Merit Award Recipients:
Olivia Lane (Huntington Beach High School, Grade 10)
Learn to Grow – Tree with Fruit
Artist Statement Re “Learn to Grow”
Seleah Rosa (Huntington Beach High School, Grade 9)
Tolerance and Diversity
Artist Statement Re “Tolerance and Diversity”
Brianna Huynh (Fountain Valley High School, Grade 9)
Artist Statement Re “Alike”
Tierney Wasserman (Edison High School, Grade 10)
Protect Kids Not Guns” (Black and White Photograph)
Artist Statement Re “Protect Kids Not Guns”
Taylor Try (Edison High School, Grade 10)
Artist Statement Re “Tolerance”

A certificate, letter of recognition, and prize(s) was awarded to the winner(s) on Thursday, May 30, 2019.  Notable entries, as selected by student editors, were posted in a special print edition of the FVHS Baron Banner and distributed in large numbers to schools throughout the HBUHSD. A digital version of the Youth Voices HB special edition of the Baron Banner can be found here

The contest coincided with the “The Courage to Remember” Holocaust exhibition, produced by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. The exhibit features 200 exclusive photographs. The public display of “The Courage to Remember” exhibition was held at Huntington Beach High School (HBHS) on April 27, 2019. 

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