Student Voices Award Winners

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Sandy Hook Promise is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Start With Hello Week Student Voices Awards. These awards recognize students who creatively voice their commitment to inclusiveness and kindness in one of three categories. These include: Visual Art, Written Essays, Stories or Poems, and Videos. This year’s theme is “How Start With Hello Can Create Unity in Diversity.”

Congratulations to our 2020 Student Voices Contest Winners!

Spoken Word Category

  • Fernando Monroe, Jr., Dixie M. Hollins HS , Pinellas County, FL
  • Oriella C., Belhaven Middle School, Lindwood, NJ
  • Ruby Stone, Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park, CA
  • Abigail S, Central Elementary School, Okeechobee, Florida
  • Camila M., PS 361 Woodside Community School, Woodside, NY
  • Frederick N., PS 361 Woodside Community School, Woodside, NY
  • Charley Goren, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, Livingston, NJ
  • Isabela Russo, Sunset Park Elementary School, Windermere, FL
  • Jeremiah Hall, Central Elementary School, Okeechobee, Florida
  • School Wide, Central Elementary School , Okeechobee, Florida

Visual Category

High School Winners                                                

  • Grace Raimo, Swansboro High School, Swansboro, North Carolina
  • Marianela Ortiz-Vasquez, Texas school for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, Texas
  • Favour Izah, Absegami High School, Galloway, New Jersey
  • Honorable Mention: Chase Hackett, Mukwonago High School, Mukwonago, Wisconsin
  • Honorable Mention: Camille S., Northwest Rankin High School, Brandon, MS    
  • Honorable Mention: Linoshka Jeithsell Velez , Miami Southridge Senior High School, Miami, FL    

Middle School Winners

  • Andrew Picon, Glades Middle School, Miami, FL
  • Stella Curtis, Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park, CA                    
  • Yasmin Selman, Kestrel Heights Charter School, Durham, NC
  • Honorable Mention: Miya Chang, Glades Middle School, Miami, FL                           
  • Honorable Mention: Valeria Ramirez, Data at Adams Middle School , Grand Prairie, TX                        
  • Honorable Mention: Riya Malhotra, Heritage Middle School, Livingston, NJ                 
  • Honorable Mention: Lia P, Southwood Middle School, Miami, FL
  • Honorable Mention: MURAL 137 student PJHS 6th grade, Pearl Junior High School, Pearl, MS
  • Honorable Mention: Group Circleville Middle School, Circleville Middle School, NY         

Elementary School Winners

  • Sophia S., Anne Sullivan Elementary School, Sugar Land, TX
  • Hridi Sengupta, PS361Q The Woodside Community School, Woodside, NY
  • Guadalupe S., John Small Elementary School, Washington, NC
  • Honorable Mention: Jayden G., PS 361Q, The Woodside Community School Woodside, NY 
  • Honorable Mention: Elvira S., Anne Sullivan Elementary School, Sugar Land, TX 
  • Honorable Mention: Lucas Baker, Sunset Park Elementary School Windermere, FL  

Written Category

High School Winners

  • Sara K., North Broward Preparatory School, Coconut Creek, FL
  • Chloe Cramutola, Absegami High School, Galloway, NJ
  • Alexandria B., Dixie Hollins High School, St. Pete, FL
  • Honorable Mention: Bobby V., Dixie Hollins High School, St. Pete, FL

Middle School Winners

  • Kaitlyn Rodriguez, Glades Middle School, Miami FL
  • Liliana Bell, Guilford elearning University Prep, Greensboro, NC
  • Naveen Yengera, Dunedin Highland Middle School, Dunedin, FL
  • Honorable Mention: Anabella Anceaume, Glades Middle School, Miami FL
  • Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Tadlock, Mountain Island Charter School , Mount Holly, NC
  • Honorable Mention: Liah Cabrera, Glades Middle School, Miami FL
  • Honorable Mention: Jaiden Calderon, Data at Adams Middle School, Grand Prairie, TX
  • Honorable Mention: Indira Yengera, Dunedin Highland Middle School, Dunedin, FL

Elementary School Winners

  • Julia Churilova, Cypress Woods Elementary School, Palm Harbor, FL
  • Purnata S., PS361Q The Woodside Community School, Woodside, NY
  • Thamidha T., PS361Q The Woodside Community School, Woodside, NY

Social Media and Video Highlights

Fernando Monroe, Jr., Dixie M. Hollins High School, Pinellas County, FL

Oriella C., Belhaven Middle School, Lindwood, NJ

Frederick N., PS 361 Woodside Community School, Woodside, NY

Abigail S., Central Elementary School Okeechobee, Florida

Camila M., PS 361, Woodside Community School, Woodside, NY

Charley Goren Mt. Pleasant Elementary School Livingston, NJ

Isabela Russo, Sunset Park Elementary School Windermere, FL

Jeremiah Hall, Central Elementary School, Okeechobee, Florida

Schoolwide, PS 361, Woodside Community School, Woodside, NY

Sophia S., Anne Sullivan Elementary School Sugar Land, TX

Guadalupe S., John Small Elementary School Washington, NC

Jayden G., PS 361Q, The Woodside Community School Woodside, NY

Lia P., Southwood Middle School Miami, FL

Grace Raimo, Swansboro High School Swansboro, North Carolina

Chase Hackett, Mukwonago High School Mukwonago, Wisconsin

Camille S., Northwest Rankin High School Brandon, MS

Linoshka Jeithsell Velez, Miami Southridge Senior High School, Miami, FL

Sara K., North Broward Preparatory School, Coconut Creek, FL

Experience More Student Voices

Follow us on social media to see even more Student Voices showcased! We’re keeping the “Start With Hello” spirit alive by sharing out other awardees and honorable mentions. Find us on Twitter at @sandyhook and on Facebook and Instagram at @sandyhookpromise.