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A Voice for Animals Contest

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

The 2014 competition is open! We are again sponsored in part by the Animal Welfare Institute and the Palo Alto Humane Society. We thank them as always for their support.

Congratulations to our 2014 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.

First Prize (Video) Evan Brown First Coast No More Homeless Pets: Saving Animals from Suffering
First Prize (Video) Chaise Hendrix Homeless Animals and Volunteering
First Prize (Video) Marina Luccioni Urban Fox
Second Prize (Video) Kaleigh Rings Saving the Rhinos
Second Prize (Video) Sara Ruhl Exotic Bird Owner Awareness
First Prize (Essay/Photographs) Cara Doolittle Bee Aware
Second Prize (Essay/Photographs) Emily Boujemaa Rescued is my favorite breed
Second Prize (Essay/Photographs) Katharine Frazier SOS! (Saving our Shorebirds)
Second Prize (Essay/Photographs) Jacob Reese Lake Erie Water Snake Recovery Project
Honorable Mention (Essay/Photographs) Alisha Fowler Tails on Trails YAC Information
Honorable Mention (Essay/Photographs) Elizabeth Hasier Collection for Military Dogs Overseas
First Prize (Blog/Facebook page) Dania Gonzalez A Place To Call Home
Second prize (Blog/Facebook page) Kaleigh Rings Endangered Species Everywhere
Third Prize (Blog/Facebook page) Ashley Aubin Cat Sanctuary Website
First Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old) Annie Benedict We Otter Bring 'Em Back! : The Centuries-Long Plight of the Southern Sea Otter
First Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old) Victoria Carotenuto Bringing an End to the Mistreatment of Asian Elephants
Second Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old) Jennifer Carter Just Imagine: Saving Shelter Animals One Adoption at a Time
Third Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old) Conor Quinn Be The Change
Honorable Mention (Essay by 14-15 year old) Sonya Mangat The North Pacific Gyre
Honorable Mention (Essay by 14-15 year old) Olivia McCormick Changing The Poultry Industry
Honorable Mention (Essay by 14-15 year old) Benjamin Seaberg Prairie Dogs: Are They Really What We Think?

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 2015 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.