Awards ceremony on tap for Jan. 20 at Beaverton church

Rohit Vedam, a fifth-grader at Jacob Wismer Elementary School, won first prize in the 2012 Human Rights Poster Contest sponsored by the Human Rights Council of Washington County.

The council recently announced the contest winners comprising students from first through 12th grades who live or go to school in Washington County.

The contest, whose theme this year is “Unite for Human Rights,” is meant to introduce the issue of human rights and encourage kids to be human rights champions in their own communities.

Vedam’s poster is a colorful depiction of children’s smiling faces — framed with various hair colors and adornments suggesting their ethnic backgrounds — in the center of flowers growing out of a striped pot.

The leaves of the flowers represent flags from different countries.

Vedam will receive a $100 check, and category winners will each receive $25, during a presentation at the Washington County Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m.

Categories and their respective winners follow:

  • Grades 1-3 — Alia Najim, a third-grader at Islamic School of Muslim Education Trust
  • Grades 4-5 — Jessica Lee, a fifth-grader at Findley Elementary School
  • Grades 6-8 — Hanna Lee, a seventh-grader at International School of Beaverton
  • High School — Jessica Choe, a freshman at Beaverton High School.
  • Honorable Mentions were awarded to:

  • Rabha Reda, a third-grader at Islamic School of MET
  • Maya Samman, a first-grader at Islamic School of MET
  • Alicia Bashir, an eighth-grader at Oregon Islamic Academy
  • Madeleine Beaupre, a fifth-grader at Carden Cascade Academy in Hillsboro
  • Mya Ganzer, a sixth-grader at International School of Beaverton; and
  • Eric Kim, a fourth-grader at Findley Elementary School.
  • Launched in 2006, the Human Rights Council of Washington County strives to promote equal rights as a central part of the public and private sectors; provide valuable feedback to local leaders on issues of equity and diversity; respect and reflect the cultural diversity of the community; foster mutual understanding amongst the community’s residents; and promote inclusiveness, justice and equity.

    For more information about the event or to see all of the winning and honorable mention posters, visit

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