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Reed C. Receives Upstander Award

BOSTON, Massachusetts (May 1, 2017) - The international nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves announced today the 10 student winners of the 2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest. The contest is an annual event inviting students 13 years or older from across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to provide their perspectives on a topic that helps shape their world. 
Reed C., Homer High School Class of 2018, is a winner of a $1,000 Upstander Award for his essay entitled, “The Conscientious Cooperator”
This year’s contest, “Making Choices in Today’s World,” asked students to reflect on a powerful quote from the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, and write an essay on choices they have made thus far and how their future choices will ultimately have a great impact on their lives and those around them. 
Nearly 5,200 7th-12th grade students across the US, UK, and Canada submitted essays and, with the help of over 100 judges and over 10,000 online voters, Facing History selected 10 essays that best encapsulate this year’s theme.
You can read Reed’s complete essay by clicking on this link.

Congratulations, Reed!
About Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves was founded in 1976 by educators who believed that instilling intellectual vigor and curiosity goes hand-in-hand with teaching facts and figures. From the disturbing lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to struggles for civil rights from Birmingham to South Africa, we trust students to wrestle with complex moments in human history, and work to help them understand the range of human behavior. These students learn to connect the dots between the ethical choices they’ll face in life and the positive outcomes they can create in their community and the world. Visit for more information.

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