GALEO Announces Essay Contest Winners for the 13th Annual Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st

(Atlanta, GA) GALEO is proud to recognize the winners for the 13th Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony. Due the recent updates regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), the Cesar Chavez committee has made the decision to move our event from an in-person event to a virtual reading of the essays. We want to take steps to ensure that we honor the value that the Cesar Chavez Essay Contest holds while also ensuring the safety and health of all participating individuals. The winning essay entries will be recorded and released on Cesar Chavez Day (March 31st) and will be published on the GALEO website ( as well as GALEO’s social media pages (Facebook: and Instagram @galeo_pics).

The purpose of the ceremony is to honor civil rights legend, Cesar Chavez, and increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to America. Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers Union. He remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history. His birthday, March 31st, is officially recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas. GALEO supports the movement to create this date as a national holiday in honor of Mr. Chavez.

We are honored to announce the following winners of this years’ contest:

ESOL Category

1st place- Jihu Mun, Houston County High School, Warner Robins, GA

High School Category

1st place- Robert Herzfeld, The Westminster School, Atlanta, GA

2nd place- Colin Suddath, The Westminster School, Atlanta, GA

3rd place- Jack Scalise, The Westminster School, Marietta, GA

Adult Category

1st place- Irene Diaz-Bazan, Lawrenceville, GA

2nd place- Meitra Perry, Bremen, GA

3rd place- Brenda Duran, Lawrenceville, GA

Thank you to the GALEO Leadership Council Cesar Chavez Committee co-lead by Rebecca Pool and Kyle Murphy, as well as the full Cesar Chavez Committee for all of their support.

We also thank our prize sponsors for helping us reward our winners for this event. Adult and High School winners will be presented gift certificates (1st-$200; 2nd-$75; 3rd-$50).


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