URI’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies to honor winners of Gandhi essay contest

Ceremonies set for Friday, May 4, 5 p.m. at Statehouse

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WHAT: University of Rhode Island’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies Annual 8th Grade Gandhi Essay Contest Award Ceremony

  • Presentation of awards to 15 finalists and first, second and third-prize winners of the Gandhi Essay Contest
  • Teachers from18 schools across Rhode Island selected and submitted the top 76 essays from hundreds of student essays written in their classrooms.
  • Presentation of seven awards for Gandhi Selfless Service

WHERE: Rhode Island Statehouse, Governor’s State Room

WHEN: May 4, 2018, 5 to 6 p.m.
Gandhi Essay Prize winners:


  • Genevieve Masson – St. Michael’s Country Day School, Newport


  • Vika Huth – St. Michael’s Country Day School
  • Caroline McCullough – Curtis Corner Middle School, South Kingstown


  • Katherine Laliberte – Curtis Corner Middle School
  • Karlianne Torres – Segue Institute for Learning, Central Falls
  • Chapman White – Edward R. Martin Jr. High School, East Providence

Service Award Recipients:

  • Kiran Ramratnam – The Pennfield School, Portsmouth
  • Magnolia Longworth – Curtis Corner Middle School
  • Lily Schattle – St. Mary’s School, Cranston
  • Grace Petrarca – Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School, Coventry
  • Nayan Sapers – Lawn School, Jamestown
  • Maria Japa – Nathanael Greene Middle School, Providence
  • Madison Cerda – Mount Saint Charles Academy, Woonsocket

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862. Also, please note that the Department of Marketing and Communications will have photographs from the event, and will distribute them to local media next week.

BACKGROUND ON THE CONTEST: The purpose of the Gandhi Essay Contest, which was established in 2010, is to celebrate the life teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and encourage Rhode Island students in Grade 8 to think critically about, personally connect with, and be challenged by his legacy of nonviolence.

The Gandhi Award for Compassion and Selfless Service was established in 2013 to honor students who exemplify the qualities of compassion and service according to Gandhi’s philosophy, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Paul Bueno de Mesquita
Professor & Director
URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

Contact the Center!
Website: www.uri.edu/nonviolence
Email: gandhiessay@etal.uri.edu
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Phone: 401.874.2875
Twitter: @NonviolenceURI