Cincinnati Police, Cincinnati Public Schools Announce “Step Up and Stop It” Anti-Bullying Contest Winners


Contest Helps Students Take a Stand Against Bullying

The Cincinnati Police Department and Cincinnati Public Schools announced six top-prize student winners of the first annual Step Up and Stop It District 4 Police Anti-Bullying Art and Creative Writing Contest. Launched on January 31, 2012, the contest was designed to broaden students' awareness of the harm caused by bullying and to encourage them to take a leadership role in stopping it.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges as the best among 270 entries of visual art and creative writing submitted by 12 CPS and charter schools located within the boundaries of police district 4. The district encompasses the neighborhoods of Mount Auburn, Corryville, Walnut Hills, North Avondale, South Avondale, Paddock Hills, Bond Hill, Roselawn, Carthage and Hartwell.

The following video highlights the students' work:


The winners, who were awarded certificates and gift cards, were selected in two categories:

Art: First Prize, Daysia G. of Cincinnati Leadership Academy; Second Prize, Briell D. of Hartwell School; Third Prize, Marcus M. of William H. Taft Elementary School

Creative Writing: First Prize, Alexis T. of Hartwell School; Second Prize, Miya P. of Cincinnati Leadership Academy; Third Prize, Jales Y. of South Avondale School

"We are extremely proud of the time and attention that all of the participants in the contest put into their work," said District 4 Commander Eliot Issacs. "Their pieces are extremely powerful and show they care deeply about this issue."

Added CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan: "This contest has helped students recognize, in a very moving way, the importance of taking a personal stand against bullying."

Twenty-four semi-finalists also received awards. All the participants in the contest were honored at a ceremony at the CPS Education Center on May 16.