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No Place for Hate

The Arizona Anti-Defamation League Regional Office is pleased to announce the launch of the highly successful No Place For Hate® initiative. With support from The Arizona Republic and Media in Education, twenty schools in the region will earn the No Place for Hate® designation during the 2012-2013 school year. No Place For Hate® helps schools enhance or create a culture of respect by providing an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions. It provides a unique opportunity to empower students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against hate and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one empowering message. Since its inception in 1999, over 1,500 schools and communities have participated in No Place for Hate® nationally. Now, Arizona will join the movement to celebrate diversity and empower members of the school community to promote safe and respectful learning environments for all students.

Click here to learn more and register your school.

Congratulations 2012 ADL Moral Courage Essay Contest Winners

The Moral Courage Essay Contest asked students to use the lens of the Holocaust to learn the meaning of moral courage. Students were asked to become knowledgeable about people who displayed moral courage when they risked their own lives to act on their values and beliefs to spare the lives of others. Once students understood the meaning of moral courage in the context of the Holocaust, they were challenged to look beyond the examples presented and chose a person from an historical or contemporary period to research. They considered what motivated these people to stand up against injustice. Students then shared how these lessons could be applied in their own lives.

Essay winners

7th-8th grade:
First Place: Sef Norton, What is Moral Courage?, Arizona College Prep, Chandler Unified School District
Second Place: Arianna Williams, Courage Has No Limits, Madison #1 Middle School, Madison Elementary School District
Third Place: Jocelyn Alvar, Change Can be Good, ACP-O, Chandler Unified School District

9th-10th grade:
First Place: Nicolas Vo, With Liberty and Compassion for All, Sunnyslope, Glendale Union High School District
Second Place: Emily Nesbeitt, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Sunnyslope High School, Glendale Union High School District
Third Place: Breslin Sibley, A Hero of the Holocaust, Sunnyslope High School, Glendale Union High School District

11th-12th grade:
First Place: Jake Quintar, Visionary Youth, Thunderbird High School, Glendale Union High School District
Second Place: Gina Griffin, Raoul Wallenberg, Dobson High School, Mesa Unified School District
Third Place: Amanda Heim, A Saint on Earth, Dobson High School, Mesa Unified School District