2018 Make the Case for Caring Essay Finalists

By Merritt Frey, Executive Director

After much great work by our volunteer essay reviewers, we can announce the finalists in our 2018 Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest. In random order, the finalists are:

Shivam Saran, Ed W. Clark High School
Dimash Umirbayev
Catherine S.  George, Culver Academies
Achintya  Bairat, Engineering and Science University Magnet School
Jasmine Shum, Townsend Harris High School
Victoria Turner, Stansbury High School
Shruti Venkatabalakrishnan, Edison High School
Shivaani Gopal, Mount Saint Charles Academy
Roshini Balan, Holton-Arms School
Lady Dorothy A. Elli, Salpointe Catholic High School
Mohini Vadalia, Los Osos High School
Rachel Peterson, Florida Virtual School
Kaelyn Ha, Hunter College High School
Delaney Patterson, Cuthbertson High School
Abigail Begashaw, Centennial High School
Johanna  Ziegler, Minarets High School
Justin Song, Richard Montgomery High School
Mahika Halepete, The Harker School
Abigail McAtee  
Neha Middela


These students wrestled effectively with this year's topic: "Numerous challenges exist in countries like Mali, where many people live in extreme poverty – poor nutrition and health, food insecurity, lack of sanitation and clean water, violence and instability, low literacy rates, inadequate infrastructure, and more. Why should education be a priority given all of the competing needs in a country like Mali?" Learn more about this year's contest.

The finalists' essays are now with the judges. Based on the judges’ work, we will announce the three winning essays in the next two weeks. The first place we will announce the winners is on this blog and our Facebook page, so you may want to “like” and follow us on Facebook if you are curious about the winning essays. 

Thank you to all our contest participants and to our dogged volunteer essay reviewers, and good luck to our finalists in the final round!