HazingPrevention.Org Announces Essay Contest Winner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21 JULY 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Robinson, Executive Director
High School Student Essay Winners Share Perspectives on Hazing
ALBANY, N.Y. — Three high school students from Ohio, California, and Georgia have won national recognition for their essays on hazing in the 2020 National Hazing Prevention Week High School Essay Contest. The contest, which is sponsored by National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and administered by HazingPrevention.Org, received more than 125 entries from students throughout the U.S. The first, second, and third place winners received cash prizes.
“We are excited to announce the results of this year’s essay contest,” said Elliot Hopkins, Director of Sports, Sanctioning and Student Services for NFHS. “These students have demonstrated an excellent understanding of how destructive hazing can be to the dynamics of a team or organization. I commend them for their work.”
Alicia Mazzurra, from River Ridge High School in Woodstock, Ga., took the national, first-place award with her essay “The World I Want to Live In.” In it, she uses a remembrance of her grandfather’s induction into his high school honor society to ask the question: “How does creating a cycle of fear and destructive power dynamics make organizations better?” For her work, Alicia will receive a $500 cash prize.
Tyler Fremon, from Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, captured second place with “Echoed Effects,” a tale of hazing to join a sports team and the ability of a brother to make a difference for his younger sibling. Fremon’s second place award is a $250 cash prize.
Cole Black, from La Jolla High School in San Diego, earned third place nationally and a $150 prize for his essay “Be Brave, Change the Game: Specifically Lacrosse.” In it, he recounts his own experience with the tradition of having his head shaved at a team dinner. He writes: “What some team members thought was a funny initiation for younger players was unarguably a hazing ritual. To another person, going through the humiliation I was subject to could seriously impact their social life, schoolwork, and mental health.”
The contest is part of National Hazing Prevention Week and is generously supported by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Sponsored by HazingPrevention.Org, National Hazing Prevention Week is a nationwide effort to encourage campuses, schools, organizations, and communities to engage in conversations about the dangers of hazing, the detrimental cost of the practice to society, and how to actively prevent it. National Hazing Prevention Week typically falls during the third week in September (September 21-25, 2020).
This year’s entries were judged on a 500-word original essay on hazing prevention with the theme “Be Brave, Change the Game.” In addition to the national winners, eight additional students received recognition and a $50 prize as section winners. You can learn more about National Hazing Prevention Week and the essay contest and read the winning essays at http://hazingprevention.org/nhpw.
HazingPrevention.Org™ is a national 501(c)3 organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing by providing education and resources, advocating on hazing prevention, and building partnerships with others. Major initiatives of the organization include National Hazing Prevention Week™, Prevent.Zone™ educational online courses, HazingPrevention.Org Institute & Academy™, books, and educational resources that touch the lives of thousands of individuals, organizations, campuses and communities.
About the National Federation of State High School Associations
Since 1920, The National Federation of State High School Associations has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and activities that help students succeed in their lives. They set directions for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. Learn more at http://nfhs.org.