Congratulations to Shanelle Russell, a high school senior from Montclair.
Yesterday, she was honored at the 94th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923) at a ceremony in Times Square.
Shanelle wrote an essay on this intense, important topic, and she took first place in a nationwide contest.
1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire. Shanelle wrote:
“The world has led crusades and jihads for love and peace and often times has been victorious. However, there were no pins, no ribbons, nor billboards for Armenia, a place that had so desperately needed and desired peace…
The world has seen genocides in Germany, in Armenia, in Rwanda, in Cambodia and throughout the entire globe. Today, the world sees genocide in Sudan. Is there to be no end to this cycle of hate and pain? This cycle has not yet been broken, for the world has not yet been able to learn from history.”
Shanelle is in advanced placement classes at the high school.