MIAMI — Several high school juniors and seniors in Miami-Dade Public Schools are winners in an essay contest exploring ethical issues and challenges in today’s society.The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). This is the second year in a row the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition has been the financial supporter. Sponsors are The Youth Fair, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, The Betsy South-Beach, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and LRN, a N.Y. based-advisory and information services company.

The essay contest is baThe essay contest is based on a national college level contest that encourages students to apply Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s call to action to “think higher, and feel deeper” about ethical issues facing our society. Ten students received scholarship awards ranging from $50 to $3,000.

chartThe Youth Fair is a proud partner in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, The Betsy-South Beach, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and LRN in recognizing these outstanding students. This essay contest provides our young people an avenue to contemplate the meaning of what is right to do, because our ethics and values as a people truly are the heart and the soul of who we are and guide where we are headed in the future,” said Robert Hohenstein, president and CEO of The Youth Fair.

Wiesel himself selected the 10 finalists and sent a personal message in a video shown at the award ceremony at The Betsy-South Beach.

The ceremony included remarks from Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Youth Fair President and CEO Robert Hohenstein, LRN representative Jean-Marc Levy of New York City, Jonathan Plutzik, owner of The Betsy-South Beach, and Lawrence S. Feldman, vice-chair of the Miami-Dade county School Board.

Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel, for whom the contest is named, is a Romanian-born Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of more than 60 books, including Night,a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps. Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

The Youth Fair is a not-for-profit, private organization that awards more than $300,000 annually in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to local public, private, charter and home school students. To date, The Youth Fair has
awarded well above $10
million to Miami-Dade students to help them achieve higher education.