Celebrating the Winners of the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge 

Join Discovery Education for the first of three-part blog series highlighting the outstanding student creators who earned a winning spot in Teaching with Testimony’s 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge. Explore the creative ways that this year’s winners harnessed the power of self-expression to recognize and stand against hate, plus learn about the inspirations that motivated each student to speak out. 

Anayla Wilson, 9th Grade
Episcopal High School | Houston, TX 

There is a whole side to history that people never talk about, and that is why I believe testimony is needed. 

Anayla channeled her natural talent as a poet into a movingoutside-the-box video that illustrates the importance of asking the right questions. Not only do we need more boldly honest students speaking their minds in and out of the classroom, but we also want to help students avoid getting bogged down with uncertainty. Anayla sums this up beautifully in her video entry, in which she builds to an inspiring declaration of self-empowerment that rises above the negative background noise of hate to embrace the positivity of truth shining through. 

No Longer Silent” 

I realized how important it is to speak about past experiences. If someone were to never speak on an issue, no one would ever know. 

Using simple, smart video editing techniques to bring to life her personal testimony, Anayla gives the viewer profound insight into her own mind, as well as the mindset of those people she has encountered in life who may be unconsciously harboring hate. Watch the video here. 

Phansy Peang | Survivor’s Testimony of the Cambodian Genocide 

I like to speak to others, and share my experiences in life to enlighten others. 

Listening to Phansy Peang’s heart-wrenching story as a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide was the first time that Anayla had ever learned of this tragic chapter in history. But hearing the sheer humanity that screams out in every word of Phansy Peang’s testimony was enough to demonstrate the amazing power that spoken truth has, and the crucial responsibility we all have to speak up. Anayla’s video honors the courage of survivors like Phansy Peang, whose fearless testimony evokes a genuine compassion that is capable of rooting out hate in whoever hears it. 

Congratulations to Anayla Wilson on her amazing challenge entry, from everyone at Teaching with Testimony and Discovery Education. Keep speaking your truth and sharing your talents with the world! 

Visit Teaching with Testimony to explore Phansy Peang’s story of survival using the interactive Testimonies archiveAnd don’t forget to check back next week as we highlight the 2nd Place Winner in the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge, a passionate young artist who turned a blank canvas into a thought-provoking and seriously impressive statement about the power of kindness. 

Quotes by Anayla Wilson