2019 Essay Contest – Winners!

The Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism, in partnership with The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 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?” 

146 students from Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk high schools submitted essays and we have four winners.



The 2019 Winners were:

First Place

Rose Reilly, Sophomore, The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica

Second Place

Timothy McMahon, Junior, Manhasset Secondary School in Manhasset

Third Place Tie:

Megan Specht, Senior, Ward Melville High School in Setauket

Camryn Zelli, Senior, Connetquot High School in Bohemia

Congratulations to all the winners!