Past Winners


The 2021 Minoru Yasui Student Contest asked students to write an insightful essay regarding Refugee and Immigrant experiences through the lens of Min Yasui's work.

Junior Division

  • First Place: Aarthi Palaniappan, 7th Grade, Albertson, NY – “Minoru Yasui - Refugee and Immigrant Experiences

  • Second Place: Maya Franey, 8th Grade, San Jose, CA – “Immigration: A Young Girl's Story”

  • Finalist: River McCoy, 7th Grade, Topeka, KS – “Sandra Uwiringiyimana”

  • Finalist: Sohana Schneider, 7th Grade, Chicago, IL – “An Immigrant's Dream”

  • Finalist: Logan Pinard, 7th Grade, Kapolei, HI – “Refugee and Immigrant Experiences--Hamdi Ulukaya”


Senior Division

  • First Place: Fiona Larsen-Tesky, 11th Grade, Hood River, OR – “A Fight For Migrant Worker Rights

  • Second Place: Aishiki Nag, 10th Grade, Tigard, OR – “CCU to PDX; My Family’s Journey”

  • Finalist: Alejandro McClain, 11th Grade, Eugene, OR – “My Grandmother Yoko McClain”

  • Finalist: Emi Hiroshima, 10th Grade, Los Gatos, CA – “Teachings of Resilience’

  • Finalist: Jenny Duan, 11th Grade, Portland, OR – “David Ho: AIDS Researcher”