Breaking Barriers: 2016 Winners
Major League Baseball, Sharon Robinson, Scholastic, and Church & Dwight would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2016 Breaking Barriers Essay Contest—the 20th-year anniversary!
Over 17,000 students from across the country submitted entries!
The judges were moved to read so many stories of citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence, and teamwork from so many walks of life. “Once again, I am so pleased with the number and quality of essays we received this year,” said Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson. "I’m honored that my father’s values have continued to help young people understand how and why they have been able to overcome difficult situations in their lives."
While it is not possible to individually respond to each student entrant, we are pleased to make available a printable Certificate of Merit to recognize students. We hope that you will share this with your student writers!
Congratulations to the 2016 national winners. In honor of the 20th anniversary,
20 winners received prizes this year!