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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.

 


2015 National ACTR Winners from Rutgers

Gold Medal (Heritage Learners, Level 4), Olga Dovhanyuk
Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 5), Tatiana Bereznikova
Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 4), Mar Nikiforova
Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2), Aleksandra Wec
Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 1), Dimitry Apollonsky

 In this year's national contest, there were 1,087 essays submitted from 68 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia, and often the resultswere simply too close to call.

2015 Rutgers Essay Contest Winners

Best Essay, Non-Heritage
Ireen Ha

Non-Heritage Level 102
1st Place: Amalia Pederson
2nd Place: Aleksandra Wec
3rd Place: Brenda Rios
Honorable Mention: Caroline Clark, Bridget Macavoy

Non-Heritage Level 202
1st Place: Nicholas Sun
2nd Place: Olympia Christofinis
3rd Place: Michael Orama

Heritage Level 208
1st Place: Mar Nikiforova
2nd Place: Daniel Shifman
3rd Place: David Lubashevski

Level 302/402
1st Place: Tatiana Bereznikova
2nd Place: Luka Rekhviashvili
3rd Place: Raul Aguilar


2014 National ACTR Winners from Rutgers

We had a record number of national winners from Rutgers this year - 14 of our students won awards at the national level!

First Place (Heritage Learners, Level 3), Solomiya Stebelska
Second Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1), Nadiya Chuchvara
Third Place (Heritage Learners, Level 4), Iulia Bardareanu
Third Place (Heritage Learners, Level 2), Carolyn Czarnecki
Third Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2), Raul Aguilar
Third Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1), Marina Shayevich and Anna Volski
Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 1), Patrick Parlej, Ronen Shor and Michael Boutoussov
Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 2), Robert Svechin
Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 3), Margarita Brown
Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 4), Tatiana Bereznikova and Dmitry Strykas

In this year's national contest, there were 1,004 essays submitted from 58 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia, and often the results were simply too close to call.

2014 Rutgers Essay Contest Winners

Non-Heritage Level 102
1st Place: Timothy Hartmann
2nd Place: Nicholas Sun
3rd Place: Olympia Christofinis
Honorable Mention: Philip Wythe

Non-Heritage Level 202
1st Place: Raul Aguilar
2nd Place: Tristan Kernan
3rd Place: Anthony Arias-Amaya

Heritage Level 208
1st Place: Margarita Brown
2nd Place: Marina Shayevich
3rd Place: Irada Yunusova

Level 302/402
1st Place: Iulia Bardareanu
2nd Place: Dmitry Styrkas
3rd Place: Tatiana BereznikovaHonorable Mention: Kirill Abramov


2013 National ACTR Winners from Rutgers

Second Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1) Anna Volski
Third Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 1) Jason Kancylarz
Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 1) Raul Aguilar

In this year's national contest, there were 946 essays submitted from 57 universities and colleges. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia, and often the results were simply too close to call.

2013 Rutgers Essay Contest Winners

Best Essay Heritage
Anna Volski

Non-heritage Level 102
1st place Raul Aguilar
2nd place Jessica Ackerman and Tristan Kernan
3rd place David Gifford
Honorable Mention: Lyutsiya Yokobchuk

Non-Heritage Level 202
1st place Jason Kancylarz
2nd place Carolyn Czarnecki
3rd place Mel Bandler

Heritage Level 108
1st place Irada Yunusova
2nd place Mikhail Fishbeyn and Andrey Volfson
3rd place Anne Kavalerchik

Heritage Level 208
1st place Danielle Levin
2nd place Daniel Nazarenko
3rd place Dina Finkel

Level 302
1st place Amanda Goen
2nd place Solomiya Stebelska
3rd place Daria Napolina


2012 National ACTR Winners from Rutgers

Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 3) Kyle S Barry
First Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2) Giselle Hsu and Solomiya Stebelska 
Second Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1) Maryna Sidykh

In this year's contest, there were 1,057 essays submitted from 48 universities and colleges. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia, and often the results were simply too close to call. 

2012 Rutgers Essay Contest Winners

Best Essay Non-heritage
Giselle Hsu

Best Essay Heritage
Maryna Sidykh

Non-heritage Level 102
1st place Valentina Janus-Suric
2nd place Nina Dudko
3rd place Guliz Solmaz

Heritage Level 1
1st place Borys Derevyanko
2nd place Naomi Braginsky
3rd place Daniel Nazarenko
Honorable Mention Naomi Braginsky and Aleksey Chaikovsky

Heritage Level 2
1st place Sergiy Dmytruk
2nd place Giselle Hsu and Daria Napolina
3rd place Nikola Kendis and Solomiya Stebelska

Non-Heritage Level 202
2nd place Amanda Goen
3rd place Emily G. Kimball
Honorable mention Kymberleig Albites

Level 4
1st place Kyle Barry
2nd place Rebecca Gangi
Honorable Mention Andrew Agranovich, Max Hoyt, and Yevhen Zariczny


2012 National ACTR Winners

Honorable Mention (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 2) Kyle S Barry
Second Place (Non-Heritage Learners, Level 3) Robert P Campana
Second Place (Heritage Learners, Level 1) Maryna Sidykh
Honorable Mention (Heritage Learners, Level 3) Anthony M Polansky


In this year's contest, there were 702 essays submitted from 51 universities and colleges. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia, and often the results were simply too close to call. Over 100 students from 40 institutions throughout the United States win gold, silver, bronze, or honorable mention certificates.

2011 Rutgers Essay Contest Winners

Best Essay Non-heritage
Robert Campana

Best Essay Heritage
Maryna Sidych

Non-heritage Level 102
1st place Philip Berman
2nd Place Amanda Goen
3rd Place Emily Kimball

Heritage Level 1
2nd place Dimitriy Shumaev
2nd place Richard Shalmiyev
3rd place Erica Lunin

Heritage Level 2
1st place Maryna Sidykh
2nd place Michael Zilman
3rd place Olga Kozlova
3rd place Martyn Mazurek

Non-Heritage Level 201
1st place Elizabeth Taylor
2nd place Matthew Sands
3rd place Eric Rogers

Non-Heritage Level 202
1st place Kyle Barry
2nd place Sonia Szczesna
3rd place Rebecca Gangi
3rd place Tanya Jargowsky

Level 3-4
1st place Robert Campana
2nd place Liza Labudzeva
3rd place Kristine Kowalski

Honorable Mention for Originality
Mark Delendra, Helen Janiszewski and Nataliya Esperson

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