Coronavirus Community Heroes Essay Contest Winners

Winners of the 2020 Community Heroes Essay Contest

Adult Winner | Ruth Ebenstein


Ruth Ebenstein is an American-Israeli writer, historian, public speaker and peace activist.

"With compassionate, gifted, capable medical personnel like Rachel staffing our hospitals, I have faith that we shall overcome."


Ruth Ebenstein - adult winner
Credit: Ruth Ebensten

Rachel Gemara: Nursing COVID-19 Patients in Israel

By: Ruth Ebenstein
Rachel Gemara is an oncology nurse in Jerusalem who treated patients with COVID-19 at a popup unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

High School Winner | Setayesh Salimi


Setayesh Salimi is a high schooler in Tehran, Iran. She learned about the contest through her teacher and wanted to honor the street sweepers who continue to keep her city clean.


High school winner Setayesh Salimi (front) with classmates
Credit: Setayesh Salimi

Coronavirus Hero: Street Sweepers

By: Setayesh Salimi
Street sweepers in Tehran, Iran, continue to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Middle School Winner | Shanelle Felipe


Shanelle Felipe is a middle school student from Red Deer, Alberta, in Canada. She wrote about a 7th grade student, Quinn Callander, who invented ear guards for face masks.


Shanelle Felipe - middle school winner
Credit: Shanelle Felipe

Quinn Callander

By: Shanelle Felipe
Quinn Callander is a 13-year-old who invented protective gear for face masks, helping healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Organizer created on 7/15/2020 4:56:55 PM by Shannon Luders-Manuel

Last edited 8/11/2021 11:48:23 AM by Laura Nietzer