Congratulations to the winners of Advancing Justice-LA's 2017
Untold Civil Rights Stories Writing Contest!
Yedsen De La Cruz, Cahuenga Elementary School (Los Angeles, CA)
Isleen Lee, Cahuenga Elementary School (Los Angeles, CA)
Raisa Uddin, Cahuenga Elementary School (Los Angeles, CA)
Lilah Reyes, Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary (New York, NY)
Gabrielle Robel, Eagle Rock Elementary and Magnet Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Sofia Dilullo, Orchard Academy Arts & Media (Bell, CA)
Jonathan Floriano, KIPP Summit Academy (San Lorenzo, CA)
Megan Tieu, Roger Temple Intermediate (Rosemead, CA)
Jaden Rangel, Roger Temple Intermediate (Rosemead, CA)
Ku Doh, Mastery Charter Schools (Philadelphia, PA)
Winnie Thong, Roger Temple Intermediate (Rosemead, CA)
Alondra Perez, Harrison High School (Colorado Springs, CO)
Blanca Licona, Narbonne High School (Harbor City, CA)
Cecilia Olea, King/Drew Magnet High School (Los Angeles, CA)
Noelia Campos, Harrison High School (Colorado Springs, CO)
Savanna Harwood, New Technology High School (Napa, CA)
Breeze Hernandez, Los Altos High School (Hacienda Heights, CA)
Roxi German, West Hollywood Community Day School (West Hollywood, CA)
Jasmine Kim, Herbert Hoover High School (Glendale, CA)
Devin Mitchell, Dearborn STEM (Boston, MA)
Vincent Ciffa, Los Altos High School (Hacienda Heights, CA)
Joanne Chu, Abraham Lincoln High School (Los Angeles, CA)
Viviana Moreno, Abraham Lincoln High School (Los Angeles, CA)
Jason Lipkin, West Hollywood Community Day School (West Hollywood, CA)
Iris Juanico, Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (Wilmington, CA)
The purpose of Asian American Advancing Justice Untold Civil Rights Stories Writing Contest (the “Contest”) is to encourage students to learn about Asian American heroes and movements, and how these civil rights struggles may be relevant today or in their own lives.
The Contest is structured to have a good number of student scholarship winners to create interest and excitement in learning in the classrooms. Teachers will receive rewards for entering their students’ writings for the Contest. It is important to reward good teachers for taking the extra effort to teach their students.
Teachers will use one of the lessons from Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice (“Untold Stories”) or create their own lesson using at least one story from Untold Stories in their classroom, using the culminating essay or poem as the entry for the Contest. Winners of the Contest will receive scholarship awards. Teachers will receive appreciation rewards for entering their students’ writings for the Contest.
This Contest is an initiative sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (“Advancing Justice”) with the support of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu and LAUSD Alliance of Asian Pacific Administrators ("AAPA") to celebrate the Asian American Heritage Month.
Student Scholarship Awards and Teacher Appreciation Rewards
|Elementary School Category|
Elementary Student Scholarship Awards:
$50 – Five winners for elementary school grade level (3rd to 5th).
Winners will be notified through their teachers.
Teacher Appreciation Rewards:
Participating Teachers who successfully complete the official rules, and their students win one of the five Elementary Student Scholarship Awards will receive $100 reward.
|Middle School and High School Category|
Middle and High School Student Scholarship Awards:
$100 – Winner for each high school grade level (9th to 12th).
$50 – Winner for each junior high school grade level (6th to 8th).
Winners will be notified through their teachers.
Teacher Appreciation Rewards:
The first seventy-five Participating Teachers who successfully complete the student contest submission process will receive $200 reward for their participation.
Important Dates, Deadlines
| Monday, last day for teachers to register for participation|
| Monday, last day for students to submit their work.|
| Monday, last day for teachers to submit post contest survey.|
| Monday, winners will be announced.|
| Saturday, Teacher Appreciation and Student Award Ceremony|
8th Annual Family Empowerment Festival, hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA California State University, Los Angeles 8:00AM. Winners need not be present.
Steps for Teachers
By 4/24/17 register at AdvancingJustice-LA.org/Contest. Click on Teacher Registration. Teachers must register to participate. Only the first one hundred teachers registered with valid information are qualified as Participating Teachers who will receive an email confirmation from Advancing Justice. The registration link will be disabled once the number of Participating Teachers reaches one hundred.
| 1.|| Teachers must use their school-assigned email address in the registration to be qualified as a Participation Teacher.|
| 2.|| Participating Teachers teach one of the stories outlined in Section V.A.7 or 8 below to a minimum of 25 students. Have their students write the culminating essay or poem.|
| 3.|| Participating Teachers use the Writing Rubric in Section VII to grade the writings.|
| 4.|| Participating Teachers select the two writings with the highest scores and one or two best-effort writings as writing entries to enter the Contest.|
By 5/1/17 Participating Teachers have their selected students to submit their writings at Student Submission.
Advancing Justice will use the information on the submission to contact the winners and teachers, and for mailing the reward and award checks.
| 5.||By 5/1/17 Participating Teachers must complete the post contest survey.|
| 6.|| Within two days after the submission Advancing Justice will reply with confirmation. In the event the Participating Teacher does not receive a submission confirmation he/she needs to notify Pat Kwoh at [email protected].|
| 7.||By 5/8/17Advancing Justice will notify the Participating Teachers of the winners. Advancing Justice will notify teachers of the logistics of the award ceremony.|
|A.||Qualifications for Contestants, Student Scholarship Awards and|
Teacher Appreciation Rewards
| Student contestants must be between grade 3 and 12 to participate. Teachers submitting essays must register at Teacher Registration.|
| Only the first one hundred teachers who register with valid information are qualified as Participating Teachers will receive an email confirmation from Advancing Justice. The registration link will be disabled once the number of registering teachers reaches one hundred.|
| Advancing Justice will verify Participating Teachers’ employment.|
| Teacher Appreciation Reward is limited to one per Participating Teacher.|
| Schools must be in the 50 United States and D.C.|
|Elementary School Category: |
|Middle School and High School Category:|
| Teacher must teach the one of the Untold Stories lesson to a minimum of 25 students.|
| Writings submitted must be based off a topic from Untold Stories,. Participating Teachers must use a lesson in Untold Stories or create their own lesson using at least one story in Untold Stories in a classroom.|
| Students write their culminating writing (essay or poem).|
| Participating Teachers grade the writings and select the top 2 writings and 1 or 2 best-effort writings from their class using the Writing Rubric in Section VII. Teachers may submit writings from more than one class.|
A best-effort writing is an writing written by a student who has to overcome tremendous obstacles to write a good piece to his/her best ability. Participating Teacher checks the Best-Effort field in the Student Submission Form for the writing to compete in the Best-Effort category.
| Participating Teachers must complete an online Teacher Post Contest Survey in order to receive the reward, and for winning students to receive scholarship awards.|
| Contestant writing must have a Participating Teacher.|
| Writings submitted after 5/1/17 will not be considered for prizes.|
| All essays must be students’ original work.|
| Essays should not be more than 750 words and must be legible.|
| Essays must be written in English.|
| Writings must be submitted at AdvancingJustice-LA.org/StudentSubmission|
1. Judging will be completed by:
|Stewart Kwoh is the founding President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. Kwoh earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. He teaches at the university’s Asian American Studies Department, and has been an instructor at UCLA School of Law. He is a past expert in residence at UC Berkeley School of Law, and has two honorary doctorates from Williams College and Suffolk School of Law. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1998, becoming the first Asian American attorney and human rights activist to receive this highly prestigious recognition, often referred to as the “genius grant.”|
|Russell C. Leong, M.F.A., is an award winning poet and short story writer whose works have been translated into Chinese and read/performed in Hong Kong, Beijing, Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Taipei, Los Angeles, Nanjing, San Francisco, and New York. Leong has taught English, poetry and Asian American Studies at UCLA, the University of Hong Kong, and Hunter College (NY). The editor of UCLA's Amerasia Journal for 33 years, he edited the first books and journals on Asian Pacific media and film, sexualities, on Asian Americans post 9/11, and on transcultural literary studies. He is the founding and current editor of CUNY FORUM, for The City University of New York's Asian American and Asian Research Institute. His latest creative work, www.mothsutra.com had its debut in New York City's Bowery Poetry Club and at the University of Hong Kong's Black Box Theatre.|
2. All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final.
Scoring of the Contest
Writings will be scored by points between 1-100 according to their grade level and the Writing Rubric as described in Section VII below.
The Asian American Advancing Justice Untold Civil Rights Stories Essay Contest is subject to change.
The sponsor reserves the right to shut down the promotion and determine the winners from the eligible entries received prior thereto.
| Participating Teachers agree to allow Advancing Justice to use their names for promotional and publicity purposes.|
| Participating Teachers shall not make any claims against the sponsor of the Contest.|
| Participating Teachers shall release the sponsor of the Contest from any and all claims and liabilities whatsoever that may occur in relation to or arising from their participation in the Contest.|
| By submitting, Participating Teachers are agreeing to Asian American Advancing Justice Untold Civil Rights Stories Essay Contest Program Description and Official Rules.|
Teacher Post-Contest Survey
Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice
Untold Civil Rights Stories Lesson Plans
Thesis or Ideas
Mechanics/ Usage/ Grammar/ Spelling
Thesis clarity or idea creativity. Body paragraphs relate to the thesis or the ideas. Supportive textual details
Introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion, topic sentences, transition sentences
Sentence structure, length, sentence starters, use of academic language
Typed according to MLA Typing Guidelines, or legibly written. Grammar. Spelling
Up to 100
Up to 30
Up to 30
Up to 25
Up to 15
Students submit their writing here: Student Submission
Teacher Post Contest Survey
Participating Teachers complete the post contest survey here: Teacher Post Contest Survey