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A Voice for Animals Contest

The contest is supported by a partnership between the Animal Welfare Institute and the Humane Education Network with additional support from the Palo Alto Humane Society.

Each January, the Humane Education Network holds its annual A Voice for Animals contest for high school students.


Congratulations to our 2017 contest winners!

H.E.N. does not condone any form of animal suffering. We strive to discover solutions to mitigate animal suffering. Small steps are often necessary to achieve the ideal goal of ending pain and distress altogether.

Climate Change First Prize Claire Wayner Seeing Scarlet: Saving a Neotropical Migrant
Climate Change Second Prize Kelsey Hall LEAP Club (Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection) I started a club at my school at the beginning of my junior year to raise awareness and complete environmental initiatives around campus.
Honorable Mention (Climate Change) Enrithy Chey Climate Change: Fish
Honorable Mention (Climate Change) Allison Feng Let's Be Oral About Coral
Honorable Mention (Climate Change) Nicholas Grosso Saving Spoonbills: A Look Through Roseate-Tinted Glasses
Honorable Mention (Climate Change) Jenny Tran A Voice for Animals: Climate Change
First Prize (Video by 16-18 year old) Myriam Burger Save an Elephant, Save a Species
Second Prize (Video by 16-18 year old) Lisa Wang The Buzz About Bees
Third Prize (Video by 16-18 year old) Jovita Solorio-Fielder Saving Sea Turtles
Active Involvement Prize (Video by 16-18 year old) Leah Evensen Food For Thought
First Prize (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old) Olivia Banks Cozy Condos for Feral Felines
Second Prize (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old) Emma Richards Pit Bulls Are Not Bullies
Third Prize (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old) Tess Pickering The Final Cut
Active Involvement First Prize (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old) Anne Fentress Ending Cosmetic Animal Testing One Paw at a Time
Active Involvement Second Prize (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old) Janelle Huinda Meatless Monday
Honorable Mention (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old) Kaitlyn Johnson Older Cats: A Work of Art, Not Broken Goods
First Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old) Naomi Chongsiriwatana When the Powerful Are Crushed
Second Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old) Dylan Scott Bees: Earth's Backbone
Third Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old) Katherine Sabak Muennink's Spiny Rat
Honorable Mention (Essay by 14-15 year old) Sasha Fairbairn The Hopeful Story of the Parrot that Cannot Fly
Honorable Mention (Essay by 14-15 year old) Kellen Vu Not-So-Happy Feet

Previous winners

Select a winning essay and click the Read Essay button. The essay will open as a PDF file in another window.
(Essays shown in gray are not currently available online.)

Contest FAQ

No. This is an contest with a set of rules and cash prizes. We advertise the contest on scholarship web sites to reach the largest number of eligible high school students.

The dates are usually announced on our web site mid-December after the judges have finalized the rules. The contest usually opens for entries in January and closes in March with results being announced in May.

The rules and requirements for each contest may vary from year to year. The rules for the 2018 contest will appear on this page when the contest dates are announced in December.

Entries are accepted only between the contest opening and closing dates. The online form for submitting entries does not appear on this page until the contest opens.

Your entry must be submitted online using a form which appears on this page only while the contest is open for entries. Entries sent to us in any other way (e.g. e-mail or via the postal service) will simply be discarded.

Questions about the A Voice for Animals contest may be sent to contest@hennet.org. E-mail to any other address will not necessarily receive a response.