2020 Lorain County Toni Morrison Essay Contest

2020 Essay Winners


The Community Foundation of Lorain County is proud to announce the winners of its 2020 Lorain County Toni Morrison Essay Contest for Young People. Celebrating the inaugural year of Toni Morrison Day, community members wanted to offer the younger generation a connection to the late author.

Students were posed with the question: How will I define myself?

The winning students each received $75 and one of Ms. Morrison’s books.

The 2020 winners include: 

  • Peyton Haney, Toni Morrison Elementary-Lorain
  • Sariah Frost, Toni Morrison Elementary-Lorain
  • Owen Jackson, Eastwood Elementary-Oberlin
  • Addesyn Nazario, General Johnnie Wilson Middle School-Lorain
  • Houston Jordan, General Johnnie Wilson Middle School-Lorain
  • Kendal Bott, Amherst Junior High School-Lorain
  • Hannah Banks, Marion L Steele-Amherst
  • Asher Cipinko, Oberlin High School-Oberlin
  • Sereena Sperry, Lake Ridge Academy-Lorain
  • Iesha-LaShay Phillips, Oberlin College-Oberlin
  • Kayla Young, University of Mount Union-Elyria
  • Megan Grantham, John Carroll University-Vermilion 

Community Foundation of Lorain County, Lorain Historical Society, Lorain Public Library System, Lorain County Urban League, Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators, the Lorain County chapter of National Council of Negro Women, YWCA and Oberlin College are a part of a paying tribute to Toni Morrison planning committee who helped organize Toni Morrison day and the essay contest.

Essays will be displayed in the Toni Morrison Reading Room at the Main Campus of the Lorain Public Library System.