National Hazing Prevention Week Contests

HazingPrevention.Org features three great contests each year in conjunction with National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW), observed the last full week of September on campuses throughout North America each year:

NHPW Photo Contest

NHPW Poster Contest

NHPW Essay Contest

For information about and guidelines for the National Hazing Prevention Week contests, visit our NHPW microsite.

For the 2013 NHPW Poster Contest guidelines please click here.

2012 NHPW Contest Winners Announced

Several college and university students received recognition and prizes for their efforts to capture the spirit of National Hazing Prevention Week 2012. 

Kevin Moeller of Case Western Reserve University shot the winning photo, and Chelsea Wallace of Spring Hill College submitted the runner-up for this year's Digital Pix & Composites Photo Contest. See their award-winning shots here.

This was the inaugural year for the CAMPUSPEAK Poster Contest, as college students vied for the chance to win prizes and to have their poster designated as the official poster for NHPW 2013. Anna-Shea Beeman of Saginaw Valley State University created not only the winning poster, but a series of posters, taking top honors and the "official" title. Kathleen Meriano of New York University and Justin Kuhns of Illinois Weslyan University shared runners-up honors with great submissions as well. See their work. Read the media release.

All of the posters are available for download. Campuses and organizations can print their local 2013 NHPW events on the posters to publicize their observance.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) sponsored cash prizes for the 2012 Essay Contest. Briana Smith, Marina Natseway and Donna Rendziniak took first, second and third, respectively, for their award-winning essays about hazing prevention. Click here to learn more and to read their work.


Congratulations to our Photo Contest winners!

2011 Winners

Congratulations to our 2010 Essay Contest winners!

Savannah Jackson is the first place award winner of the 2010 National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Contest. Savannah is a student at Destiny Christian School in Norman, OK. In her essay, Savannah compares hazing to bullying and recognizes that not only Greek letter organizations deal with hazing, but also others including high school sports and the military. As a senior in high school, she is beginning to look at colleges and sororities and says “I want to spend my college years in a safe environment, where joining a sorority is about helping my community and sisterhood.” Savannah encourages everyone to support anti-hazing laws in their states to help end hazing practices. Savannah says that the first thing she would do if she encountered hazing is to report it to the authorities. “I could not live with the guilt of never reporting abuse,” she says. “Raising awareness about hazing is crucial to the future of the upcoming generations.” Savannah is a varsity cheerleader, Senior Class President, and student worship leader at Destiny Christian School. She plans to attend Oklahoma City University for Child Psychology and Musical Theater. Click here to view Savannah's winning essay

Nicole Donaldson is the third place recipient for the National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Contest and is a junior at Culver City High School in Culver City, CA. In her essay, Nicole uncovers myths about hazing and tries to expose the truth. She points out that hazing does not cultivate respect for members in positions of power but distrust from the members being hazed. Nicole also recognizes that even if a member seems to willingly accept the abusive activity, it may not be out of true willingness but peer pressure and a desire for acceptance. If she were to encounter hazing, Nicole says “I would turn around and walk right back out the door.” She refuses to be a part of a group or organization that condones hazing. Nicole also encourages everyone to educate themselves on hazing and report any type of hazing to the appropriate authorities. After graduating high school, she hopes to attend college to study political science and plans to become a prosecuting attorney. Click here to view Nicole's winning essay Click here to view the Second Place and other Third Place Essays.