The Student Stowe Prize
The Student Stowe Prize, established by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in 2012, recognizes outstanding writing by United States high school and college students that is making a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society. Issues may include, but are not limited to, race, class and gender. Entries must have been published or publicly presented.
The Student Stowe Prizes will next be awarded on June 2, 2016 at the Stowe Center’s fundraising event, the Big Tent Jubilee. The Student winners will also be featured at the Real Stories of Social Change panel, a free public program immediately preceding the Big Tent.
The recognition includes a $2,500 prize for the college winner and a $1,000 prize for the high school winner. The winning entries are printed in the Big Tent program book and posted on the Stowe Center’s web site.
Congratulations to the 2016 Student Stowe Prize winners: Martese Johnson, University of Virginia and Nina Sachs, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, IL. See more information about the winners below.
Stowe Prize Syllabus contains links to winners' entries as well as additional readings on the students' topics.
Aydin is co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic memoir series, March, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, March is a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition and the Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor.
Buy the March books Pick up your copies on June 2 from 3-4 PM at the Inspiration to Action Fair at Immanuel Congregational Church (where Andrew Aydin will sign books) or at the Stowe Museum Store.
2016 Student Stowe Prize Winners
Martese Johnson, a student at University of Virginia, was selected as the college winner for “Reflections After a Trending Hashtag – Criminal Justice and the Events of March 18, 2015,” advocating against anti-black violence , published in Vanity Fair. Mr. Johnson is a fourth year student majoring in Italian Studies. He will be the first in his family to graduate from a four-year university. As an advocate for racial justice, he has appeared on CNN, CBS, HuffPost Live, and ABC and spoken at events including the National Urban League Conference, the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference and TEDxCharlottesville.
Nina Sachs, a student at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, IL was selected as the high school winner for “Empowering Women, Period,” published in Teen Ink. A high school junior with a passion for women’s rights, Sachs started a group at her school called Tampon Tuesdays (PowerToThePeriod.com) which works to raise awareness, supplies, and money for women in need in the Chicago community and around the world. She also serves as a Youth Liaison for Her Story Theater, a theater company for social change that produces plays about human trafficking, domestic violence, and homelessness.
Congratulations to the 2016 Runners Up
High School: Lydia Henning, Hall High School, West Hartford, CT for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speech
Legacy Presenting Sponsor: The Hartford
2016 Silver Sponsors
Day Pitney, LLP
Friend of the Stowe Center
Pratt & Whitney
Robinson & Cole, LLP
Stephan & Francine Christiansen
Fairview Capital Partners
Bartlett, Brainard & Eacott
Pullman & Comley LLC
Donya Nasser, St. John’s University
Topic: Women in Leadership
Madeline Sachs, University of Chicago Laboratory High School
Topic: Juvenile Justice
Yessica Salano, Mount Vernon High School
Keynote Speaker: Teresa Younger, CEO & President, Ms. Foundation for Women
Photos : 2014 Stowe Prize Big Tent Jubilee
Photos : 2014 Inspiring Action networking fair and Real Stories of Social Change, Stowe Prize panel discussion
Video : Welcome from 2014 Honorary Chairperson, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro
Audio: Real Stories of Social Change, Stowe Prize panel discussion -- Coming Soon
Video: Reflection from 2014 Student Stowe Prize winner Madeline Sachs -- Coming Soon
Video: Reflection from 2014 Student Stowe Prize winner Donya Nasser -- Coming Soon
Keynote Speaker: Annette Gordon-Reed, 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family