“Stand Up and Say Something” Essay Contest

The Greater Greensboro Society of Medical Alliance recently sponsored an anti-bullying writing contest among Guilford County’s Title I Middle schools. This year’s theme was:  “I can dream, I can think, and I can choose…” This theme encouraged students to dream of a world where their own actions could help prevent bullying and cyber-bullying by choosing to treat others with respect. Over 100 students participated in the contest. Winners received a commemorative plaque, certificate, and monetary gift card from Target.

Winners include: First Place, Edvige Sinfeya, Guilford Middle; Second place, Cincere Childress, Northeast Guilford Middle; and third place, Josiah Washburn, Northeast Guilford. There were also five honorable mentions: Tyrek Thompson, Alaija Lucas, Evelyn Angel, Jennifer Balanzar Pano, and Bles Cil.

The winning entry:


By Edvige Sinfeya

I can Dream of a rainless day

Behind the clouded fury,

Parting to make way for the sun.

I am a person like all of you.

Do not judge me by my differences

But by my character, my feelings,

Who I am on the inside is what really matters.

Things you say only scratch the surface because I can and will be ME.

I can think that my world will brighten

and my flower garden of people will smile and watch me grow.

I can choose to stand up when I am put down

To push back when I am pulled

To help those around me

To be the world I want to see,

To set the bar for others,

Others in Fury.