May 2, 2016
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, LRN, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition and The Betsy-South Beach have partnered to present the Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. For the third year, M-DCPS is the only district in the nation to offer the prize at the high-school level. Thousands of young people have participated in the Foundation’s Prize in Ethics at the college level since its inception in 1989.
Open to Miami-Dade high school juniors and seniors, the essay contest encourages students to apply Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s call to action to “think higher” and “feel deeper” about urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s world. Wiesel encourages a continued “thirst for learning” and “a thirst for discovery” among students.
Ten District winners will be chosen from school site winners and announced at a special awards ceremony on May 2, 2016, at The Betsy South Beach, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. The ceremony will include remarks from Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho and the Youth Fair. In addition, a video message from Professor Elie Wiesel along with a statement from LRN will be shared. The winners will receive in scholarship prizes provided by the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition: First Place: $3,000 scholarship; Second Place: $2,000 scholarship; Third Place: $1,000 scholarship and $250 scholarships each to three honorable mentions.
Professor Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, now a part of Romania. He was 15 years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. He is the author of more than 60 books of fiction and non-fiction including his internationally acclaimed memoir, Night. For his literary and human rights activities, he has received numerous awards including the Nobel Prize for Peace. In 1987, Marion and Elie Wiesel established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. LRN is the exclusive corporate partner of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics.
Representatives of LRN stated that Miami-Dade school system has distinguished itself as a leader and innovator in education. With the initiation of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Contest for high school students, Miami-Dade is once again at the forefront in recognizing the critical importance of an ethical dimension in education. Even more impressive, it has explicitly committed to developing ethical leaders, especially as students are coming of age in a more interconnected and interdependent world, where their behavior matters more than ever and in ways it never has before.