On April 20th, VC 9th Grader Ayomide Odumuyiwa was honored at the Annual Stop the Hate Symposium as the High School Winner in their essay contest. Her essay, entitled, “The Different Kinds of Welcome,” addressed this year’s topic: Immigration and Refugees: Past, Present, and Future…and was selected from over 40 entries from students around the county. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County sponsors the contest and awards the winners at each level (MS and HS) $200. Congratulations, Ayomide!
The Stop the Hate Symposium is an incredible evening where students from around the county learn and work together. This year the guest speaker was Joe Nappi who worked on Ken Burns’ Holocaust documentary. He led workshops dealing with America’s past immigration policies as well as the current refugee crisis. This symposium is open to all Middle School and High School students in Orange County.