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Asheville High School & SILSA Students Win Big at The Equal Justice Initiative

Asheville High School and SILSA students had the opportunity to participate in the Spring 2021 essay scholarship contest with The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Buncombe Community Remembrance Project.

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, nonprofit organization that’s committed to changing the narrative about race in America, both through public education and community remembrance efforts. 

As part of the essay contest, students were asked to reflect on a topic of historic racial injustice, discuss its contemporary legacy and think about how thees say topic impacts not only their own lives but our community.

Winners from Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools received scholarship money.  In total, 12 Asheville City Schools students were honored; together their scholarship earnings totaled $6,750. 

Congratulations most certainly go to:

  • Montana Gura, 11th Grader at SILSA - 2nd Place; Received $1,5000 scholarship
  • Jennifer Russ, 10th Grader at Asheville High School - 2nd Place; Received $1,500 scholarship
  • Eleanor Hewitt-Corzine, 11th Grader at SILSA - 4th Place; Received $1,000 scholarship
  • Emily Leahy, 10th Grader at Asheville High School - 6th Place; Received $5000 scholarship
  • Maya Resnick, 10th Grader at Asheville High School - 6th Place; Received $500 scholarship
  • Grace Ellen Callihan, 11th Grader at SILSA - Honorable Mention, Received $250 scholarship
  • Maya Harding, 11th Grader at SILSA - Honorable Mention, Received $250 scholarship
  • Finlay Graham, 10th Grader at Asheville High School - Honorable Mention, Received $250 scholarship
  • Bryce Hawes, 11th Grader at SILSA - Honorable Mention, Received $250 scholarship
  • Paiden Castelblanco, 10th Grader at Asheville High School - Honorable Mention, Received $250 scholarship
  • Jasper Macfarlane, 10th Grader at Asheville High School - Honorable Mention, Received $250 scholarship
  • Hannah Rosenfelt, 10th Grader at Asheville High School - Honorable Mention, Received $250 scholarship