Wei participated in a Zoom call last week where president and namesake of the foundation John Tinker congratulated her.
The mission of the foundation is to promote awareness and understanding of the First Amendment rights of students and teachers, and to facilitate civil conversation about controversial social issues. The foundation held the contest for students between the ages of 10 – 19 to inspire them to engage in difficult conversations about real-world problems.
Students were given several topics to choose from or could pick one of their own. Wei’s winning essay discussed complex issues such as the consequences of climate change and the need for adjustments to gun control legislation.