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Samantha Uebel  
2014 Contest 9th grade winner 
North Babylon High School

My Creative Empowerment work is about the everyday struggles of the teenage girl. They often feel voiceless and look to alternative methods to fill the void of their pain. I created this poem, mostly from personal experience and from things I have seen go on in school. The message I hope my work displays is that you don’t need to be saved. You are not just a piece of meat to be hunted, you are a person who deserves to be themselves. Hopefully teenage girls especially, would receive this message because it is one I needed to hear. It is one everyone should hear.

2014 Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Winners

Samantha Uebel – Literary Arts 
A Poem - "Girl Without a Voice" (9th Grade - Babylon High School) $500.00 to set up and run a club/support/leadership group at school.  

Ben Rhee - Literary Arts - A Poem - "Just a Click Away" (10th Grade - Syosset High School) $500.00 to set up a club/ support/ leadership group at school.  

Nailah Garard - Visual Arts - Portrait - "Trapped" (11th grade - Half Hollow Hills High School East) $1000.00 College Scholarship.  

Aly Brier - A Short Film - "A Helping Hand" (12th grade - The Wheatley School) $1000.00 College Scholarship.  

Julia Maher - Visual Arts - Portrait "Paranoia"/ "Slipping away from Sanity" (12th grade - Farmingdale High School) $1000.00  
College Scholarship.  

Gigi Larios -Mendez - Visual Arts - "Too Blind to See" (Roosevelt Senior High School Graduate/ SUNY Old Westbury Freshman) $1000.00 College Scholarship.