Join Discovery Education for the final of our 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.
1st PLACE WINNER
Emma Feasey, 11th Grade
San Clemente High School | San Clemente, CA
“This project helped me realize that you can make a difference.”
Emma poured through the testimonies of survivors and activists from all over the world before ultimately discovering that each one of these stories has the same connecting strand of resiliency and love woven throughout. Using her creative vision to connect the dots with current events, Emma came up with an empowering digital image that honors the memory of George Floyd, along with all the other brave individuals before him whose experiences have inspired global movements for racial equality and justice. Using a simple and contemporary medium to convey her message, Emma created her own unique form of testimony.
“Conquering Hate Through Testimony”
“So many of the genocide survivors’ stories have strong similarities to what is occurring today.”
In an insightful video supplement accompanying her challenge entry, Emma documents the creation of her digital image while sharing a mixture of personal revelations and inspiring words from past heroes, whose wisdom helped this young artist recognize the power of love to triumph over hate.
Arshag Dickranian | Survivor’s Testimony of the Armenian Genocide
“I feel compelled to share their stories with others.”
Listening to Arshag Dickranian recount a pivotal moment from his youth during the Armenian Genocide, Emma’s compassion compelled her not only to care about this survivor’s story, but to try and make a difference herself. Just as Arshag Dickranian’s father implored him, “Son, you see this? Don’t ever forget it,” Emma’s entry embraces the testimony and memory of anti-hate activists, and perpetuates the spirit of equality that these individuals dedicated their lives to defend. Emma used her research of testimony to identify a parallel to the injustices occurring in real-time in her own world, and then she raised her voice to share her truth with the world.
Congratulations to Emma Feasey on a well-deserved Grand Prize–winning challenge entry, from everyone at Teaching with Testimony and Discovery Education. Thank you for helping to make the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge a truly special one! The more you share your wisdom, the more people will see the truth.
Visit Teaching with Testimony to explore Arshag Dickranian’s story of survival using the interactive Testimonies archive. You can check out the 2nd and 3rd Place Winners in the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge for more amazing examples to encourage your students to enter next year’s challenge.
* Quotes by Emma Feasey