2019 Essay Contest

The Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism, in partnership with The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Essay Contest!

Students in grades 9 to 12 enrolled in public or private schools in Nassau or Suffolk counties as well as Queens have competed for the $4,000 first-place prize, $3,000 second-place award or $2,000 third-place winner.

Essays addressed the question: “How can I lead my school and community to become a bully-free place for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities?” 

The essays must be 400-500 words, submitted by the United States Postal Service, Fed Ex, or United Parcel Service postmarked by no later than May 10th, 2019. (Contact Tina Moreno at 516-741-9000 for details.)
Awards will be made at a presentation event no later than June 1st, 2019



The 2018 Winners were:

First Place – Amanda Renzi, Townsend Harris High School, Flushing

Second Place – Aidan Kolar, Sayville High School

Third Place Tie:

Bindu Koyi – Townsend Harris High School, Flushing

Angela Huang – Centereach High School

Awards were presented at an event at The Family Center For Autism in late May. Congratulations to all of our winners!

First Place Winner Amanda Renzi with judges.

Second Place Winner Aidan Kolar with judges.

Third Place Winner Angela Huang with judges.

Third Place Winner Bindu Koyi with judges.

The  late Claire Friedlander, established the foundation to foster tolerance as she was a Holocaust survivor who immigrated from Nazi Germany to the United States. Life’s WORC was founded by Victoria Schneps-Yunis, co-publisher of the Long Island Press, which is also sponsoring the event along with the Queens Courier. In addition to Klein, judges for this contest include Northville Industries Corp. CEO Dr. Gene Bernstein, Life’s WORC Executive Director Janet Koch and Kelly McMasters, Asst. Professor of English and Publishing Studies Director at Hofstra University.

To read 2017’s winning essays, CLICK HERE.
To read 2016’s winning essays, CLICK HERE.