Essay Contest

The program in Russian and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers is proud to participate in the annual

Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest
sponsored by the American Council of Teachers in Russian

Students from colleges and universities across the country participate in this essay contest, which is judged by judges in Russia. We also award prizes for winners at each level from Rutgers.

 

2021 Russian Essay Contest Winners and Results

2021 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest Award Winners from Rutgers

In this year’s contest, there were over 1100 essays submitted from 30 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Three judges in Moscow read each essay and ranked the top 15% of essays (depending on the total number submitted in each category). This year, SIX Rutgers students earned an award! Congratulations to:

Jean-William Mackler, Honorable Mention, Level A3

Anna Igaunis, Silver Medal, Level C1

Alexander Warden, Honorable Mention, Level C1

Jaden Riveles, Honorable Mention, Level C2

Elizaveta Belaya, Bronze Medal, Level C4

Helen Hopersky, Honorable Mention, Level C4

Congratulations!!

2021 Rutgers Russian Essay Contest Results

102:

Fayrouz Hadi, 1st place
Noah McAllister, 2nd place

202: 

Jaden Riveles, 1st place

208: 

Anna Igaunis, 1st place

302: 

Fiona Kniaz, 1st place;
Jean-William Mackler, Honorable Mention

402:

Elizaveta Belaya, 1st place

Not currently enrolled in Russian courses: 

Helen Hopersky, Honorable Mention;
Mikaela Peters, Honorable Mention


2020 Russian Essay Contest Winners and Results

2020 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest Award Winners from Rutgers

In this year’s contest, there were 1261 essays submitted from 56 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Three judges in Moscow read each essay and ranked the top 15 to 20% of essays (depending on the total number submitted in each category). This year only 216 essays were given awards. Of those, THREE Rutgers students earned an honorable mention!:

Brandon Kalika (B2 level)

John Sanders (A3 level)

Kamilla Azbel (C4 level)

Congratulations!!

2020 Rutgers Russian Essay Contest Results

102:01

1st Place: Alexandra Schindewolf
2nd Place: Daniel Friedman
3rd Place: Jaden Riveles

102:02

1st Place: Marguerite Estornell
2nd Place: Michelle Cho
3rd Place: Joseph Soldo

202

1st Place: Jonathan Walsh
2nd Place: Brandon Kalika
3rd Place: Fiona Kniaz

208

1st Place: Alan Gutman
2nd Place: Julia Sorkin
3rd Place: Henrick Lekhno
Honorable Mention: Makar Abt

302

1st Place: Eric Fountain 

407

1st Place: Kamilla Azbel
Honorable Mention: Meghana Maratha

Non-enrolled:

Honorable Mention: Elizaveta Funt


Russian Essay Contest Winners and Results - 2019 and earlier

2019 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest Award Winners from Rutgers

In this year's contest, there were 1,434 essays submitted from 68 universities, colleges, and institutions around the nations. Three judges in Moscow read each essay and ranked the top 15 to 20% of essays. This year, only 219 essays were given awards. One of those 219 is a Rutgers student!

Lisbeth Cespedes, Bronze Medal (A1 level)

2019 Rutgers Russian Essay Contest Results

Non-Heritage level 102

1st Place: Julia Michael
2nd Place: Lisbeth Cespedes
3rd Place: Brandon Kalika
Honorable Mention: Michael Prodanov

Non-Heritage Level 202

1st Place: Hannah Ross
2nd Place: Harry Manning
3rd Place: Jean-William Mackler
Honorable Mention: Eric Fountain

Heritage Level 208

1st Place: Daniel Bezden
2nd Place: Anna Rabinovich
3rd Place: Alec Bakholdin 

Level 302

1st Place: Larissa Wojtenko
2nd Place: Brenna Yellin
3rd Place: Mikala Valosin

Level 402

1st Place: Kamila Azbel
2nd Place: Karen Done
3rd Place: Adrian Sugar

Read more: Russian Essay Contest Winners and Results - 2019 and earlier

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