We're proud to announce the winners of the 2021 AU Student Essay Contest!
High school juniors and seniors were asked to reflect on the Do No Harm Act, an important piece of federal legislation that would ensure religious freedom for all.
First place, $1,500 prize
Lakewood High School, Colorado
"The Do No Harm Act would bring about an immeasurable amount of safety, security and, above all, hope. People of different backgrounds, whether it’s me, Pazko, or any other individual would no longer have to fear for their ability to foster and adopt because of their difference in sexual orientation or their religious background."
Second place, $1,000 prize
San Diego, California
"I support the Do No Harm Act as an American and as a human being because it will minimize the harm to the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our society; I support it as a Christian because it will promote the true values and principles of my faith."
Read Sarah's essay here.
Third place, $500 prize
School Without Walls High School, Washington, D.C.
"The Do No Harm Act would be monumental for the protection of transgender rights as they relate to church and state separation. Over the years, we’ve seen people attempt to and successfully use the freedom of religion as a front to openly push hateful and discriminatory legislation, which must come to an end."
Read Oliver's essay here.