The winners of the all-Ukrainian contest, United Children of Ukraine, have been named – Organizational Contest Committee

The winners of the all-Ukrainian contest, United Children of Ukraine, have been named – Organizational Contest Committee
August 17, 2015.

Aug. 17, 2015, Kyiv. Respect to one’s neighbor, recognition of another person’s right to have a different point of view, abiding by God’s commandments, working on making a habit of meeting people half-way to attain a common goal – these are all the ways to build a tolerant state, where peace and harmony will prevail, according to the teenage participants in the United Children of Ukraine contest.

“The most optimistic thing for us – the adults – has been the fact that the people who are just entering their grown-up lives and who actually will be re-building a new peaceful and well-to-do Ukraine have had this clear realization: if you crave change – begin with yourself. They realize that there will be no quick changes, but if one changes everyday not just in word, but also indeed, the whole country will change,” noted Oksana Mytnytska, head of the contest’s organizational committee.

The United Children of Ukraine contest was conducted with the support of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine throughout the month of June 2015, all over Ukraine. The young people studying in the higher grades (10th and 11th grades) in Ukrainian schools took part in the contest. The competition consisted of a composition written as an essay, with limit of up to 5,000 letters, in which contest participants had to express his or her vision of how to spread in the society ideas of tolerance, mutual respect, human decency and reconciliation.

In total, 332 essays were sent to the organizational committee. The most active authors turned out to be students in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhya regions (see map). “We purposefully did not set any language limits for those taking part in the contest. Otherwise, it would contradict the very essence of the competition, which propagated ideas of tolerance and mutual respect in the first place. But as far as language was concerned, the essays amazed us. Of the 332 essays, more than 60 were written in English. There were also essays written in German and French. And only two compositions were in Russian. In fact, every fifth work sent to the contest was written in a foreign language,” noted Mytnytska.

In line with the conditions of the contest, the best 50 works will be included in a collection, United Children of Ukraine: Creating Peace by Building Tolerance and Understanding, which will be distributed all over Ukraine. The authors of the best 15 essays will take part in a press-conference broadcasted nationally, and also will attend a specialized training with the editors–in-chief of the country’s leading mass media.
Below are the authors of the best 50 works:

Lylya Azhnina Abazivka, Kharkiv region
Anna Babych Bilytske, Donetsk region
Yevhenia Brityk Smila of Chercassy region
Olha Vereshchaga Cherkaske, Donetsk region
Hanna Gavrylenko Dobropillya, Donetsk region
Ester Gal Vynohradiv, Transcarpathian region
Alina Gorba Bilyaivka, Khersson region
Hanna Dementenko Kharkiv
Eleonora Derevyanko, Iryna Kanivets Zaporizhya
Darya Yevgrafova Lozova, Kharkiv region
Ihor Zhezher Volnovakha, Donetsk region
Iryna Zadesenets Boromlya, Sumy region
Kateryna Ivanova Chercassy
Sofiya Kovalenko Kramatorsk, Donetsk region
Valeriya Korolyova Nikopol, Dnipropetrivsk region
Kzeniya Kotsan Volnovakha, Donetsk region
Dariya Kotsyubenko Korsun-Shevchenkovsky, Chercassy region
Daryna Kravchenko Konotop, Sumy region
Stanislav Kryvuzyak Novooleksandrivka,  Zaporizhya region
Karyna kuznetsova Sumy
Yelizaveta Kurchyna Kuroyidivka, Donetsk region
Elza Lehran Bucha, Kyiv region
Sofiya Leshchimenko Zaporizhya
Viktoriya Lynska Poltava
Anna Matvienko Lozova, Kharkiv region
Tetyana Mykytenko Korsun-Shevchenkovsky, Chercassy region
Viktoriya Molnar Vynohradiv, Transcarpathian region
Yaroslava Nasonenko Bohuslav, Kyiv region
Valeriya Ovchynnikova Volnovakha, Donetsk region
Bohdan Oryshchenko Dobropillya, Donetsk region
Olha Pelypenko Shpola, Chercassy region
Polina Sherstyuk Kharkiv
Dmytro Polyantsev Vilkove, Odessa region
Nikoletta Repashiy Vynohradiv, Transcarpathian region
Alina Ridzel Nizhyn, Chernihyv region
Matviy Selin Kharkiv
Oleh Serdyukov Pivdenne, Kharkiv region
Valeriya Seryk Vilhove, Luhansk region
Viktoriya Skydanenko Urban-type settlement Novodonetske, Donetsk region
Anna Skryabina Volnovakha, Donetsk region
Olesya Sotnyk Zavallya, Kirovohrad region
Eduard Spirkin Chervona Sloboda, Chercassy region
Marharyta Telko Hannivka, Donetsk region
Iryna Tkalych Korsun-Shevchenkovsky, Chercassy region
Ihor Totsky Lebedyn, Sumy region
Artem Khutornenko Vobchansk, Kharkiv region
Viktoriya Chernyavska Lisky , Odessa region
Valeriya Shulha Dniprodzerzhynsk, Dnipropetrivsk region
Alina Yakovenko Kharkiv
Vadym Yashchenko Bilytske, Donetsk region

And below are the authors of essays who will take part in a briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center and in a master-class with the participation of the editors-in–chief of the country’s leading mass-media:

Hanna Gavrylenko Dobropillya, Donetsk region
Hanna Dementenko Kharkiv
Sofiya Kovalenko Kramatorsk, Donetsk region
Yelizaveta Kurchyna Kuroyidivka, Donetsk region
Elza Lehran Bucha, Kyiv region
Sofiya Leshchimenko Zaporizhya
Anna Matvienko Lozova, Kharkiv region
Yaroslava Nasonenko Bohuslav, Kyiv region
Bohdan Oryshchenko Dobropillya, Donetsk region
Olha Pelypenko Shpola, Chercassy region
Polina Sherstyuk Kharkiv
Alina Ridzel Nizhyn, Chernihyv region
Matviy Selin Kharkiv
Valeriya Seryk Vilhove, Luhansk region
Anna Skryabina Volnovakha, Donetsk region

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