Mariner Middle students win prizes in Human Rights and Civil Rights Competition


Five Mariner Middle School students have been named winners of the Delaware State Education Association’s 2022 Human and Civil Rights Competition.

Each year, the contest accepts submissions from students in the writing, art, and technology categories, and this year’s theme was Leaning into Justice. Submissions were judged on topic relevance, creativity, accuracy, proofreading and organization. Artworks included photography, painting, computer generated art, sculptures, drawing and more.

In the art category, seventh graders Will Runde, Gadiel Lopez-Garcia and Anthony Amalfitano took first, second and third place respectively. In the writing category, Moss Bucci took first place and Anderson Puac-Escalante took second place; both are in seventh grade.

“I’m very proud of all the students who participated in the contest,” said Jaclyn Hoffman, a teacher at Mariner Middle School. “They worked so hard on the submissions, so to have earned this recognition with DSEA is a great achievement! Each piece was very impactful in its own way, and I hope they leave lasting impressions on those who have the opportunity to see the art and read the written pieces.

The Human and Civil Rights Awards Ceremony will be hosted by DSEA on Wednesday 18 May at St. Andrew’s Church in Dover. To learn more about DSEA, visit


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