Student Essay Contest

2022 Student Essay Contest

Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2022 American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter’s Student Essay Contest! Special congratulations to Grace Smith and Sammi Hanlon from Oak Ridge School in East Sandwich, MA and Calista Salpoglou from Mt. Alvernia Academy in Chestnut Hill, MA for their outstanding essays. Grace Smith won first place and wins $500 for her winning essay. Calista Salpoglou earned $300 for second place, and Sammi Hanlon earned $200 for second place. Congratulations! Read more about the contest here: Students Celebrate America’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants 05.16.2022

AILA Invited NH Senator Lessor To Celebrate Awards Ceremony!  Letter to Senator Eric Lesser about AILA Student Essay Awards Ceremony

 

Participating Schools

  • Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School (Franklin)
  • Isaac Sprague Elementary School (Wellesley)
  • Higginson-Lewis Elementary School (Boston)
  • Oak Ridge Elementary School (Sandwich)
  • St. John Paul II School (Hyannis)
  • Veritas Prep Charter School (Springfield)
  • Village Elementary School (Marblehead)
  • Mount Alvernia Academy (Chestnut Hill)

Contest Sponsors 2022-2023

  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP – $500.00
  • Ramineni & Shepard, LLC – Marietta, GA – $250.00
  • Vazquez Law, LLC – Manchester, NH – $100.00
  • Cambridge Immigration Law – Cambridge, MA – $100.00
  • Law Office of Adrienne Vaughan – West Roxbury, MA – $100.00

 

Contest Sponsors 2021-2022

  • Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – $500.00
  • Titcomb’s Bookshop – $100.00 Gift Card
  • Friends of Sandwich Public Library – $100.00
  • The Law Office of Adrienne J. Vaughan – $100.00
  • The Law Office of Carmen V. Codjoe – $100.00
  • Araujo & Fisher, LLC – $100.00
  • Cambridge Immigration Law, P.C. – $100.00
  • WR Immigration – $250.00
  • Muslu Law Firm – $100.00
  • Mintz – $250.00
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP – $250.00
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP – $500.00

Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest 2022, is a national writing contest for fifth graders that is celebrated every year. This year, the contest is under the theme “Why I am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants”. Through this contest, we are able to recognize and celebrate the efforts of each immigrant who enters the United States in search of better life opportunities.

This contest is student-centered in which it encourages fifth graders to have the opportunity to expose their creativity, critical thinking, imagination, etc. through a student-created poem, story, essay, or interview. The student’s creation may not exceed more than 500 words in order to be able to qualify in the event. The deadline for submitting entries to the contest is in March 1, 2022.

The winning entry from each local contest will be recognized with prizes, awards, and publicity and will be submitted as a participant to the national contest.

The Judges: Senator Eric Lesser, Senator Julian Cyr, and photographer/producer Erik Jacobs

The Prizes: The winning entry from each local contest will be recognized with prizes, awards, and publicity and will be submitted as a participant to the national contest. The winner will receive a congratulations letter from our State Senators and recognition plates in addition to money prizes. The schools of each prize winner will also receive a plaque.

First place $500

Second place $300

Third place $200

 

National Contest Link:

https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/get-involved/celebrate-america

 

Previous Winners Link:

https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/sites/default/files/celebrate_america_2019_winners.pdf