The 2015 Kids Philosophy Slam National Award Winners:

Winners in each grade level will be included in all National press releases.


The 2015 Most Philosophical Student in America:

The winner is: Harshil Garg, New York.


2nd place: Kristen Hoffman, New York.

3rd place: Campbell Knobloch, Maryland.

4th place: Ross Greenberg, Maryland.

    

The 2015 Most Philosophical School in America:

The winner is: Archimedean Middle Conservatory, Florida.

 

The 2015 Most Philosophical Kindergartener in America:

The winner is: Philip Festervand, Missouri.

2nd place: Julissa Vitela, Texas.

3rd place: Christian Dunston, Illinois.

4th place: Brooklin Robertson, Illinois.



The 2015 Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:

The winner is: Mia Ceballos, Illinois.

2nd place: Lyric Taylor, Illinois.

3rd place: Gabriel Quiroz, Illinois.

4th place: Cameron Strong, Illinois.



The 2015 Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Erick Mendiola, Illinois.

2nd place: Lydia Smalley, New Jersey.

3rd place: Fatima Robledo, Illinois.

4th place: Ryan Claverie, Louisiana.

 

The 2015 Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: Elise Pelham, Tennessee.

2nd place: Cole Pryor, New Jersey.

3rd place: Viviany Vazquez, Illinois.

4th place: Mason Vue, Minnesota.

 

The 2015 Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

The winner is: Angel Farah, Minnesota.

2nd place: Faith Holt, Iowa.

3rd place: Mascuud Hussein, Minnesota.

4th place: Ivan Hostiuk, New York.

 

The 2015 Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Cameron Phillips, Ohio.

2nd place: Erin Maslowski, Minnesota.

3rd place: Natalie Cieprisz, New York.

4th place: MJ Anderson, Tennessee.

 

The 2015 Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

The winner is: Lianna Gomes, Florida.

2nd place: Dov C., Illinois.

3rd place: Maia Erbes, Minnesota.

4th place: Adele Fraser, Minnesota.


The 2015 Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:

The winner is: Nicolas Bolivar, Florida.

2nd place: Gabrielle Joan P. Marcojos, Colorado.

3rd place: Alex Seidman, New York.

4th place: Suzanne Gustafson, Minnesota.


The 2015 Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Evelyn Sload, Connecticut.

2nd place: Kaitlyn Yi, Illinois.

3rd place: Jessica Brito, Florida.

4th place: Christopher Gomez, Florida.

 

The Robert P. Felker Award for the most poetic essay:
The winner is: Jessica Brito, Florida.

The James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence:
The winner is: Harshil Garg, New York.


The Mary Felker Award for the most artistic entry:
The winner is: Evelyn Sload, Connecticut.

The 2015 Special Slam Award Winner:

The 2015 International Award Winner:

The winner is: Ji Won Kim, United Kingdom.

 

The 2014 Most Philosophical Student in America:

The winner is: Yuyan Pu, Pennsylvania.


2nd place: Melissa Delgado, New York.

3rd place: Mary Kate Sullivan, Washington.

4th place: Dan Midgette, New York.

    

The Most Philosophical School in America:

The winner is: Archimedean Middle Conservatory, Florida.

 

The Most Philosophical Kindergartener in America:

The winner is: Scout Brocklehurst, Rhode Island.

2nd place: Laila Anibaba, Illinois.

3rd place: Kennedy Smith-Jones, Illinois.

4th place: Ruben Gonzalez, Illinois.



The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:

The winner is: Eleanor Liang, Texas.

2nd place: Madeline Gonzalez, Texas.

3rd place: Judah McCollum, New Jersey.

4th place: Christel Ramones, Illinois.



The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Rachel Cohen, Texas.

2nd place: Liset Vera, Illinois.

3rd place: Darrien Page, Illinois.

4th place: Andy Jia, Texas.

 

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: Aarti Sabharwal, Virginia.

2nd place: Naila Campbell, Illinois.

3rd place: Jack Smalley, New Jersey.

4th place: Kyler Shu, Texas.

 

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

The winner is: Maggie Mecham, Arizona.

2nd place: Holt Percifield, Texas.

3rd place: Megan Ward, New York.

4th place: Erin McKenna, Texas.

 

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Ingrid Mundt, Minnesota.

2nd place: Justina Wojahn, Minesota.

3rd place: Sajid Aziz, New York.

4th place: Maya Echerarria, Texas.

 

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

The winner is: David Bohnenblust, Florida.

2nd place: Cali Rivera, Minnesota.

3rd place: Sophia Nimsger, Minnesota.

4th place: Ava Severts, Ilinois.


The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:

The winner is: Cerise Yau, New York.

2nd place: Jasmine Stephenson, Florida.

3rd place: Daniel Wolfe, New York.

4th place: John Lee-Diaz, Illinois.


The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Isaac Anthony Martin, Texas.

2nd place: Elijah Villa, Illinois.

3rd place: Maria Heuring, Minnesota.

4th place: Alexandra Hughes, Illinois.

 

The Robert P. Felker Award for the most poetic essay:
The winner is: Alexandra Hughes, Illinois.

The James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence:
The winner is: Yuyan Pu, Pennsylvania.


The Mary Felker Award for the most artistic entry:
The winner is: Erin McKenna, Texas.

The 2013 Most Philosophical Student in America:

The winner is: Christopher Mergen, Maryland.


2nd place: Quincy Gibbs, Oklahoma.

3rd place: Megan Philippi, Maryland.

4th place: Harshil Garg, New York.

    

The Most Philosophical School in America:

The winner is: Archimedean Middle Conservatory, Florida.

 

The Most Philosophical Kindergartener in America:

The winner is: Ava Duff, Illinois.

2nd place: Katherine Cerritos, Illinois.

3rd place: Lulu Huang, Virginia.

4th place: Monica Yoon, New York.



The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:

The winner is: Jayson Pereyra, New York.

2nd place: Jasmyne Boone, Illinois.

3rd place: Jasmine Newton, Virginia:

4th place: Liya Huang, Virginia.



The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Jack Smalley, New Jersey.

2nd place: Destiny Smith, Missouri.

3rd place: Aamna Akram, Texas.

4th place: Nayelli Nava, Illinois.

 

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: Emily Fegel, Georgia.

2nd place: Ajay Krishnaney, Ohio.

3rd place: Cameron Phillips, Ohio.

4th place: Nathaniel Nokken, Texas.

 

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

The winner is: Kristyn Schulz, Georgia.

2nd place: Sophia Parker, Iowa.

3rd place: Andrew Morton, Texas.

4th place: Sandra Gurrola, Texas.

 

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Elizabeth Fowler, Texas.

2nd place: Zachary Auster, Texas.

3rd place: Dillon Withers, New Jersey.

4th place: Sophia Zhang, New York.

 

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

The winner is: Rosalie Kurtz, Minnesota.

2nd place: Abrill Macho, Florida.

3rd place: Bill Haarlow, Illinois.

4th place: Darayus Gorimaar, Pennsylvania.


The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:

The winner is: Alex Hughes, Illinois.

2nd place: Iida Lehto, Michigan.

3rd place: Gracie Hansen, Minnesota.

4th place: Parker Jorenby, Minnesota.


The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Jacob Atlas, Texas.

2nd place: Sarah Ferrier, Minnesota.

3rd place: David Cuitiva, Florida.

4th place: Antonis Constant, Florida.

 

The Robert P. Felker Award for the most poetic essay:
The winner is: Alex Hughes, Illinois.

The James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence:
The winner is: Christopher Mergen, Maryland.


The Mary Felker Award for the most artistic entry:
The winner is: Alexandra Pellicci, Minnesota.


The 2012 Most Philosophical Student in America:

The winner is: Marianna Zhang, New York.


2nd place: Nicole Park, Oklahoma.

3rd place: Akash Dagur, New York.

4th place: Giacomo Zacchia, California.

5th place: Sofia Ahsanuddin, New York.

    

The Most Philosophical School in America:

The winner is: Bethpage High School, Bethpage, New York.

The 2012 International winner:

The winner is: Prishni Seyone, Ontario, Canada.

 

The Most Philosophical Kindergartener in America:
The winner is: Nately Almodovar, Illinois.

2nd place: Vanessa Joa, New York.

3rd place: Michael Fiechter, New York.

4th place: Morgan Rose Fogle, Illinois.



The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:

The winner is: Hunter Cook, New York.

2nd place: Alexis Ibarra, Illinois.

3rd place: Leonardo Delgado, Illinois.

4th place: Laura Coney-Jefferson, Illinois.



The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Nathaniel Nokken, Texas.

2nd place: Jonathan Davis, Illinois.

3rd place: Rakiya Cunning, Mississippi.

4th place: Ellery Moore, Minnesota.

 

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: Keeva Weeks, Texas.

2nd place: Nora Sypkens, Illinois.

3rd place: Jonathan Watts, Illinois.

4th place: Finley Collins, New York.

 

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

The winner is: Adyson Alexander, Texas.

2nd place: Tegan Harrs, Hawaii.

3rd place: Isabella Cho, Illinois.

4th place: Annika Sharma, New Jersey.  

 

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Andrew Tai, New York.

2nd place: Elisabeth Wang, Texas.

3rd place: Maggie Hicks, Virginia.

4th place: Rosalie Kurtz, Minnesota.

 

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

The winner is: Joann Song, Illinois.

2nd place: Logan Olander, Minnesota.

3rd place: Derek Martinez, Florida.

4th place: Ashley Erickson, Minnesota.


The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:

The winner is: Morgan Lemner, Minnesota.

2nd place: Diana Glebova, Minnesota.

3rd place: Antonis Constant, Florida.

4th place: Nicole Burckhardt, Minnesota.


The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Cherry Tomatsu, Missouri.

2nd place: Ahmad Chaudhry, New York.

3rd place: Haley Hegefeld, Texas.

4th place: Kyla Byam-Ramsay, New York.  

The Robert P. Felker Award for the most poetic essay:
The winner is: Cherry Tomatsu, Missouri.

The James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence:
The winner is : Marianna Zhang, New York.


The Mary Felker Award for the most artistic entry:
The winner is: Natalie Mendoza, Minnesota.

2011 Most Philosophical Student in America:

The winner is: Dan Rohr, New Jersey.


2nd place: Chris Mills, Virginia.

3rd place: Bertie Geng, New York.

4th place: Chang Jeong, New York.

5th place: Anthony Saya, New York.

    

The Most Philosophical School in America:

The winner is: Bethpage High School, Bethpage, New York.

The 2011 International winner:

The winner is: Keiran Reece Golding, England.

 

The Most Philosophical Kindergartener in America:
The winner is: Ava Okai, Illinois.

2nd place: Dimitri Suarez-Renaud, Texas.

3rd place: Lucas Sher, New York.

4th place: Caela Guerra, Illinois.

5th place: Darrel Moore Jr., Ilinois.



The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:

The winner is: Marianna Hensell, Georgia.

2nd place: Cepeda Englund, Minnesota.

3rd place: Jalen Owens, Illinois.

4th place: Riley Womacks, New Mexico.

5th place: Joey Klaric, Illinois.



The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Chet Skinner, Minnesota.

2nd place: Clare McIntyre, Minnesota.

3rd place: Ross Cohen, Texas.

4th place: Riya Subbaiah, New York.

5th place: Gavin Strum, Minnesota.

 

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: Jayden Chavez, New Mexico & William N. Willoughby, Ohio.

2nd place: Elise Trail-Johnson, Minnesota.

3rd place: Peter Wilson, Minesota.

4th place: Rami Salem, Texas.

5th place: Lance Vukajlovic, California.

Honorable Mention: Adi Van Dyke, Minnesota.

 

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

The winner is: Antero Sivula, Minnesota.

2nd place: Austin B. Fragomen, New York.

3rd place: Marina Franco, Texas.

4th place:  Kaylen Sanders, Texas.

5th place:  Kaya L. Goosby, Hawaii.

 

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Abigail Chun, New York.

2nd place: Julia Lin, Illinois.

3rd place: Liam Greene, Texas.

4th place: Lucy Frucht, New York.

5th place: Clara Vonderheide, New York.

Honorable Mention: Matthew Frontz, Texas.

 

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

The winner is: Carra Wu, Illinois.

2nd place: Theodora Christopher, New York.

3rd place: Ben Schneider, Missouri.

4th place: Linned Gomez, Florida.

5th place:  Lisa Raymond-Schmidt, Missouri.


The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:

The winner is: Ahmad Chaudhry, New York.

2nd place: Justin Daugherty, Illinois.

3rd place: Lina Vignelli, New York.

4th place: Keenan Perera, Minnesota.

5th place: Lucia Bell-Epstein, New York.


The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Kasey Goon, New Jersey & Lily Xu, Texas.

2nd place: Madeleine Lofchy, Illinois.

3rd place: Felicia Horn, Illinois.

4th place:  Anthony Benja-Athon, New York.

5th place: Jessica Faragher, Minnesota.

The Robert P. Felker Award for the most poetic essay:
The winner is: Mathew Frontz, Texas.

The James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence:
The winner is : Chris Mills, Virginia.

The Mary Felker Award for the most artistic entry:
The winner is: Mario Suarez-Renaud, Texas.

The most musical entry:

The winner is: Marie Crane, Minesota.

 

 

The 2010 Kids Philosophy Slam winners:


The 2010 Most Philosophical Student in America:

The winner is: Achutha Raman, Massachusetts:


2nd place: Audrey Ward, North Carolina.

3rd place: Derek Krouch, Minnesota.

4th place: Kristin Hurst, Arkansas.

5th place: SherShah Atif, Massachusetts.

    

The Most Philosophical School in America:

The winner is: Bethpage High School, Bethpage, New York.

The 2010 International winner:

The winner is: Yoonsung Bae, South Korea.

 

The Most Philosophical Kindergartener in America:
The winner is: Jalen Owens, Illinois.

2nd place: Zander Musial, Illinois.

3rd place: Charlotte Fox, New York.

4th place: Emily Grace Maddela, Illinois.

5th place: Clare Heusser, Michigan.



The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:

The winner is: Heldanna Solomon, Illinois.

2nd place: Kayla Morris, Virginia.

3rd place: Zaniya Murray, Illinois.

4th place: Juila Bonvino, New York.  

5th place: Cam Connolly, Minnesota.



The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Isabella Cho, Illinois.

2nd place: Beatrice Franklin, Minnesota.

3rd place: Xane' Moore, Texas.

4th place: Alexander Gutierrez, California.  

5th place: Kennedy Juelich, Minnesota.

Honorable Mention: Aeven O'Donnell, New York.

 

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: Stanley Lukas, Minnesota.

2nd place: Riley Morgan, Texas.

3rd place: Tommy Slatic, California.

4th place: Miranda Garcia, Virginia.  

5th place: Jordan Puga, Texas.

Honorable Mention: Trevor Young, New York.

 

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

The winner is: Anna Jenkins, Texas.

2nd place: Walter E. Stackler, New York.

3rd place: Aurora Schermbeck, Texas.

4th place: Jaewoo Park, Ilinois.  

5th place: Erica Burley, Texas.  

Honorable Mention: Ailish Goering, New York.

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Joey Farber, New York.

2nd place: Arthur Lowenstein, New York.

3rd place: Gabrielle Mientiek, Texas.

4th place: Jennifer Qasim, Texas.  

5th place: Nimai Charan Agarwal, Maryland.  

Honorable Mention: Varun Patamalla, Texas.

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

The winner is: Natalie Jacks, Texas.

2nd place: Virgilo Arguello, Florida.

3rd place: Henry Shapard, Ohio.

4th place: Victoria Tu, Illinois.  

5th place: Alex Stamboldjiev, Minnesota.  

Honorable Mention: Julia Walchessen, Illinois.


The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:

The winner is: Ruth Foster, Minnesota.

2nd place: Teddy Corrigan, New York.

3rd place: Lula Hyers, New York.

4th place: Justine Nguyen, New Jersey.  

5th place: Brandon Griffin, Virginia.

Honorable Mention: SeiMi Chu, New York.


The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Eric Lee, Missouri.

2nd place: Shiori Tomatsu, Missouri.

3rd place: Caitlin Rubin, New York.

4th place: Colin Catlin, Minnesota.  

5th place: Hailey Shanks, Washington.

The Robert P. Felker Award for the most poetic essay:
The winner is: Caitlin Rubin, New York.

The James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence:
The winner is : Achutha Raman, Massachusetts:

The Mary Felker Award for the most artistic entry:
The winner is: Kayla Morris, Virginia.

The 2009 Kids Philosophy Slam winners:


The 2009 Most Philosophical Student in America:

The winner is: Bert Geng of Bethpage, New York.


2nd place: Mallory Thelen, Kentucky.

3rd place: Si Heon Ji, Virginia.

4th place: Nikki Johnson, North Carolina.  

5th place: Daniella Almeda, New York.

    

The Most Philosophical School in America:

The winner is: Bethpage High School, Bethpage, New York.


The Most Philosophical Kindergartner in America:
The winner is: Tyler Mclauren, Illinois.

2nd place: Aisha Rosario, Illinois;  Becca Adams, Virginia.

3rd place: Ivy Pope, Illinois.

4th place: Jonathon Watts, Illinois.  

5th place: Simone Hoekstra, Illinois.



The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:

The winner is: Eduardo Cardenas, Illinois.

2nd place: Lillian Ehresmann, Minnesota.

3rd place: Rachel Wall, Minnesota.

4th place: Jack Davis, New York.  

5th place: Donaven Craddock, Illinois.



The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Soren Eversoll, Minnesota.

2nd place: Sylvia Doerr, Minnesota.

3rd place: Sofia Banjara, Texas.

4th place: Joanna Heredia, Illinois.  

5th place: Emily Cerkvenik, Minnesota.

Honorable Mention: Kassandra Homayuni, New York.

 

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: Anna Jenkins, Texas.

2nd place: Miguel Martinez, Ohio.

3rd place: Liam Greene, Texas.

4th place: Roland Berg, Minnesota.  

5th place: Zacary Earnest, Virginia.  

 

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

The winner is: Bernard Witek, New York.

2nd place: Eunice Lee, Kansas.

3rd place: Frances Marin, Minnesota.

4th place: Sarah De Martini, California.  

5th place: Nicole Benz, California.  

Honorable Mention: Kayla Musial, Illinois.

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Joshua Kwan, New York.

2nd place: Henry Shapard, Ohio.

3rd place: Noah Amsel, New York.

4th place: Kelsey Spears, Texas.  

5th place: Spencer Gordon-Sand, New York.  

Honorable Mention: Emily Tang, New Jersey.

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

The winner is: Lilly Rector, Minnesota.

2nd place: Aman Advani, California.

3rd place: Aathmika Krishnan, California.

4th place: Katie Murphy, Illinois.  

5th place: Katherine Weir, Minnesota.  

Honorable Mention: Sean Uribe, California.


The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:

The winner is: Leah Weisgal, Massachusetts.

2nd place: Hannah Lufkin, Colorado.

3rd place: Pharoah Sutton-Jackson, New York.

4th place: Erik Loscalzo, New York.  

5th place: Audrey Kristufek, Minnesota.

Honorable Mention: Kelly Catlin, Minnesota.


The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Caitlin Wright, Minnesota.

2nd place: Christine Park, Illinois.

3rd place: Yani Miles, District of Columbia.

4th place: Sarah Condon, Minnesota.  

5th place: Emily Stock, Minnesota .

Honorable Mention: Caroline Stolz, Georgia.

The Robert P. Felker Award for the most poetic essay:
The winner is: Hannah Lufkin, Colorado.

The James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence:
The winner is : Hannah Lufkin, Colorado.

The Mary Felker Award for the most artistic entry:
The winner is: Emily Tang, New Jersey. 

The most musical entry:

The winner is: Rebecca Johnson, Minnesota.
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Special Slam Winner:
The winner is: Natasha White, Virginia.

 

 

 

The 2008 Most Philosophical Student in America:

Meghan Nelson of Alexandria, Virginia.

2nd place: Daniel Leef, Raleigh, North Carolina. 

3rd place: Elizabeth Soricelli, Bronx, New York.

4th place: Kayla Brunn, Brooklandville, Maryland.   

5th place: Rex Gelb, Brooklandville, Maryland.

    

The Most Philosophical School in America:

The winner is: The Park School of Baltimore, Maryland.

2nd place is: Capitol Hill GT Magnet School, St Paul, Minnesota.

The Most Philosophical Kindergartner in America:
The winner is: Vivianna Guerra, Illinois.

2nd place: Reniya Walker, Virginia.
3rd place: Katie Heusser, Michigan.
4th place: Colin Herndon, Virginia.
5th place: Jared Felix, Illinois.

The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:
The winner is: Katharine Ashley, Minnesota.

2nd place: Ellen Sullivan, Texas.
3rd place: Charlie Nozarian, Minnesota.
4th place: Sirena Winakor, New York.
5th place: Caroline Sims, Texas.
Honorable Mention: Evan Rubenstein, New York.

The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:
The winner is: Ysabel DeLeon, Minnesota.

2nd place: Asher Bernick-Roehr, Minnesota.
3rd place: Liam Greene, Texas.
4th place: Shay Mahon, New York.
5th place: Isabella Bowland, Minnesota.
Honorable Mention: Henry Vasquez, Minnesota &

Chinazaekpereamaji Nwankpa, Illinois.

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:
The winner is: Nimai C. Agarwal, Maryland.

2nd place: Kennedy Tullos, Texas.
3rd place: Anna Franklin, Minnesota.
4th place: William Mojica, Illinois.
5th place: Kayla Musial, Illinois.

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:
The winner is: Hunter Shapiro Throckmorton, California.

2nd place: Shehani Jayawickraina, Texas.

3rd place: Tom Vinson, Texas.

4th place: Liam Tomson-Moylan, Minnesota.

5th place: Brandon Fagan, California.

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:
The winner is: Laura Christenson, Minnesota.

2nd place: Chase Christenson, Texas.

3rd place: Allison Gayda, Texas.

4th place: Sean Thomason, Arizona.

5th place: Katie Micolucci, Pennsylvania,      Dustin Keith, Texas.

Honorable Mention: Elena Renken, Minnesota.

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:
The winner is: Hayden Lane, Ohio.


2nd place: Zachary O'Connor, New York.

3rd place: Alexis Block, California.

4th place: Hannah Juhel, New York.

5th place: Oriana Ren, California.

Honorable Mention: Jin-Sun Kim, MA,   Makenzie Hill, Kansas.


The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:
The winner is: Karra Puccia, New York.


2nd place: Aarushi Sarkari, Minnesota &     Juanpablo Olguin, Florida.

3rd place: Sharon Bae, Illinois.

4th place: Monica Joyce, Florida.

5th place: Kaylee Gueltzow, Minnesota.

Honorable Mention: Louis Balczaik, Minnesota.


The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:
The winner is: Gracie Peck, Hawaii.


2nd place: Mathew Johnson, Minnesota.

3rd place: Jamie Meltzer, Washington, D.C.

4th place: Sam Prohaska, Minnesota.

5th place: Richard Yoon, California.

Honorable Mention: Emily Stone, Washington, D.C.

The Robert P. Felker Award for the most poetic essay:
The winner is: Hunter Shapiro Throckmorton, California.

The James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence:
The winner is: Meghan Nelson, Alexandria, Virginia.

The Mary Felker Award for the most artistic entry:
The winner is: Camryn Patterson, California.

The most musical entry


Complete list of International Winners:

 

2007 Winners:


"The Most Philosophical Student in America"


The winner is: James Cook, Virginia

2nd place: Tori Spearman, South Carolina.
3rd place: Meagan Coombs, Massachusetts.
4th place: Alissa Perman, Virginia.

"The Most Philosophical School in America"

The winner is: Capitol Hill Magnet School, St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Most Philosophical Kindergartner in America:

The winner is: Ani Carignan, Illinois.

2nd place: Quincey Trojanowski, Illinois.
3rd place: Jessica Esqueda, Texas.
4th place: Shanela Gordon, Texas.
5th place: Giovanni Loera, Texas.


The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:

The winner is: Claire Thatch, Maine.

2nd place: Lydia Treichel, Minnesota.
3rd place: Evelyn Edmond, Illinois.
4th place: Ryo Kosaka, Illinois.
5th place: Sergio Medrano, Illinois.
Honorable Mention: Adango Nwanrpa, Illinois.

The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Posy Stoller, Illinois.

2nd place: Chika Aghenu, Minnesota.
3rd place: Kierra Jones, Illinois.
4th place: William Pratt, Minnesota.
5th place: Molli Polombo, Pennsylvania.
Honorable Mention: Faith Jackson, Illinois.

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: Wesley Wells, Orgeon.

2nd place: Rachele Biltoft, Texas.
3rd place: Rochelle van der Merwe, Minnesota.
4th place: LuzMariana Guerra, Illinois.
5th place: Shehani Jayawickrama, Texas.

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

The winner is: Kortina Johnson, Virginia.

2nd place: Meghan Dober & Kayla Butsko, Georgia.
3rd place: Kevin Clifford, New York.
4th place: Tatiana Washington, Virginia.
5th place: Preston Smith, Missouri.
Honorable Mention: Eduardo Sandoval, New York.

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Hannah Davis, Minnesota.

2nd place: Hannah Stanley, Texas.
3rd place: Moriah Graham, Georgia
4th place: Allyson Leigh Atencio, Texas.
5th place: Danielle Acker, Wisconsin.
Honorable Mention: Jessica Meyer, Pennsylvania.

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

The winner is: Andris Bibelnieks, Minnesota.

2nd place: Abigail Goldman, Ohio.
3rd place: Annamarie Rutledge, Minnesota.
4th place: Erin Choe, New York.
5th place: Justin Lun, Ohio.
Honorable Mention: Emma Johnson, Iowa.

The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:

The winner is: Nick Brant, Minnesota.

2nd place: Sachin Modak, Illinois.
3rd place: Olivia Crane, Florida.
4th place: Jennifer Grogran, Massachusetts.
5th place: Nicky Loverso, Minnesota.

The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Amy Singleton, Hawaii.

2nd place: Ben Boyle, Washington.
3rd place: Meredith Lenz, Ohio.
4th place: Kristi Medeiros, Hawaii.
5th place: Landon Case, Minnesota.


 

2006 Kids Philosophy Slam Winners:

"The Most Philosophical Student in America"

Is Mindy Lu of Pennsylvania. Runner up is Jonathan Stafstrom, Wisconsin; 3rd place were: Aaron Perman, Virginia and Ryan Adams, New York. These four finalists debated the question "Which is more powerful, fear or hope" at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on May 8th to determine "The Most Philosophical Student in America".

"The Most Philosophical School in America"
Bethpage High School of Bethpage, New York. 2nd place is Dreamkeepers Academy at J.J. Roberts Elementary School in Norfolk Virginia. 3rd Place is C.C.A. Baldi Middle School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Most Philosophical Kindergartner in America:

The winner is: Tanjah Tolson, Washington, D.C.
2nd place: Donaey Lee, Washington D.C.
3rd place: Daisy Wegener, Virginia.
4th place: Justin Outerbridge, Virginia.
5th place: Keimonie Williams, Washington, D.C.

The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:
The winner is: Chareese Hicks, Virginia.
2nd place: Shruti Indiresan, California.
3rd place: Rashad Hairston, Virginia.
4th place: Danielle Jackson, Virginia.
5th place: Zaria Jones, Virginia.
5th place: Thea Perry-Farr, Pennsylvania.
Honorable Mention: Avyonna Duynes, Virginia.

The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

The winner is: Chloe Ragan, Texas.
2nd place: Laurel Warner, Minnesota.
3rd place: Elise Farnham, Minnesota.
4th place: Rochelle Litchfield, California.
5th place tie: Isabelle Seligman, Virginia.
5th place: Taylor Pursley, Nebraska.

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:

The winner is: William Maher, Georgia.
2nd place: Morgan Abbot, Minnesota.
3rd place: Joanna Chyu, Texas.
4th place: Janae Jones, Virginia.
5th place tie: Jerluane Jenkins, Illinois.
5th place: Robert Carlton Sweatt, Georgia.

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:
The winner is: Steve Rathje, Oregon.
2nd place: Dominque Lozoya, Texas.
3rd place: Daniel Smerz, Minnesota.
4th place: Annie Mason, Virginia.
5th place: Andres Marinez-Marin, Texas.

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:
The winner is: Audrey Zuckerman, Texas.
2nd place: Rachel Brown, Virginia.
3rd place: Gabrielle Parker, Texas.
4th place: Katie Pritchett, Missouri.
5th place: Bobby Zahn, Texas.
5th place: Max Van do Loo, Wisconsin.
Honorable Mention: Lacie Mathews, Minnesota.
Honorable Mention: Nina Lemieux, Texas.

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:
The winner is: Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin, Minnesota.
2nd place: Ashlyn Reynolds, Ohio.
3rd place: Steven Stowe, Georgia.
4th place: Anthony Tokman, California.
5th place: Aman Bal, Michigan.

The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:
The winner is: Joshua Mendoza, Kansas.
2nd place tie: Chris Okawa, Arizona.
2nd place: Ruben Adkins-Rieck, Arizona.
3rd place: Saritha Ramakrishna, Arizona.
4th place: Macy Royston, Minnesota.
5th place: Krystal Daggett, Iowa.

The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:
The winner is: Nathan Lane, Florida.
2nd place: Katie Burns, Florida.
3rd place: Aaron Pearson, Minnesota.
4th place: Erik Johnson, Minnesota.
5th place: Jiyoung Kim, Illinois.
5th place: Leah Hurt, Iowa.



2005 Kids Philosophy Slam Winners:

The Winner of the 2005 Kids Philosophy Slam and "Most Philosophical Student in America" is Christian Tarsney of St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The runner up is Devin Toohey of Nutley, New Jersey.  Kathleen Brown of Fairfax, Virginia and Lorien Brooks of Cincinnati, Ohio tied for 3rd place.

"The Most Philosophical School in America" is Dreamkeepers Academy at J.J. Roberts Elementary School in Norfolk Virginia. They will receive $1,000 in Kids Philosophy Slam merchandise, a framed certificate and will be included in all National press releases. 2nd place winner is Bethpage High School of Bethpage, New York.

 


(from left, Devin Toohey, Christian Tarsney, Director John Davis, Kathleen Brown and Lorien Brooks)

Additional winners announced:International Winner: Gabrielle Piens, of France is the overall international award winner.

James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence is awarded to: Jonathon Stafstrom, Madison Wisconsin. The Robert Felker Award for most poetic essay is awarded to: Sophia Gori, Minnesota. The Mary Felker Award for most artistic entry goes to Amanda Yates, Texas.

The Most Philosophical Kindergartner in America:
The winner is: Shruti Indiresan, California.
2nd place: Sabina Yosif, Illinois.
3rd place: DaeQuan Williams, Virginia.
4th place: Keaon Wilson, Virginia.
5th place: Thea Perry-Farr, Pennsylvania.


The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:
The winner is: Jacobee Roscoe, Illinois.
2nd place: Shamisha Sampson, Virginia.
3rd place: Rebecca Esparza, Illinois.
4th place: Aja Garner, Illinois.
5th place: Lucas Trojanowski, Illinois.


The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:
The winner is: Andrew Hanson, Minnesota.
2nd place: Stephanie Kratzner, New York.
3rd place: Brooke Carter, Georgia.
4th place: Deontae Rogers, Virginia.
5th place tie: Kharin Alexander, Virginia.
5th place: Jaclyn Santiago, Illinois.


The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:
The winner is: Morgan Allen, Texas.
2nd place: Rachel Hamaty, Minnesota.
3rd place: Angela Bartos, Illinois.
4th place: Stephone Linder, Virginia.
5th place tie: Henry Lothschutz, Illinois.
5th place: Chris Alexander, Minnesota.


The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:
 We have two winners: Manning Pope, Texas & Nandan Raghavan, Minnesota
3rd place: Ruby Taylor, Oregon.
4th place: Jesse Rincones, Texas.
5th place: Mathew Nelson, New Jersey.

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:
We have two winners: Danielle N. Steel, Wisconsin & Lauren Beyer, Montana.
2nd place: Max Birnbaum, Texas.
3rd place: Zane Friske, Wisconsin.
4th place: Shana Sandhaus, Texas.
5th place tie: Amanda Yates, Texas.
5th place: Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin, Minnesota.
5th place: Dean Hill, Minnesota.


The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:
We have two winners: Ashley Whitaker, Illinois & Sophia Gori, Minnesota
2nd place Allie Niederee, Kansas
3rd place Rebecca de Vegie, Colorado
4th place Audrey Reynolds, Kansas
5th Place tie; Joey Mathias, Pennsylvania
5th place Robert Argo II, New York


The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:
We have a winner: Erik Johnson, Minnesota
2nd place: Nathan Lane, Florida
3rd place: Rebeca Robledo, Illinois
4th place: Emilea Sykes, Minnesota
5th place: tie: Andrew Hagler, Arizona
5th place: Ariann Holden, New York


The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:
We have a winner: Courtney Loose, Tennessee
2nd place: Andy White, California
3rd place: Kristie Neubauer, Florida
4th place tie: Monica Gomez, Illinois
4th place: C.J. Stermetz, Arizona
5th place: Tia Young, Illinois

2004 Kids Philosophy Slam Winners:

The Most Philosophical Student in America is Kim Vu of Colts Neck, New Jersey.

2nd place is Nicholas Post of Bethpage, New York.
3rd place is  Jason Popps of West McLean, Virginia.
3rd place is  Hannah Esrick of Northampton, Massachusetts.

These four high school finalists shared $2,000 in savings bonds and were flown to Lanesboro, Minnesota, where they competed for the title of "The Most Philosophical Student in America" on Saturday, April 24th, 2004.

The Most Philosophical School in America is: Bethpage High School, Bethpage, New York & Roscoe Wilson Elementary, Lubbock, Texas.

The Most Philosophical Kindergartner in America:

We have two winners: Hunter Robison, Maryland & Chance Simmons, Maryland.
2nd place: Sierra Weinkam, Maryland.
3rd place: Ethan Voorhees, Maryland.
4th place: Chris Caruso, Connecticut.
5th place: Elijah Gregory, Maryland.

The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:
The winner is: Brianna Barnes, Florida.
2nd place: Rodrick Nicholson, Virginia.
3rd place: Tyler Sylversten, Illinois.
4th place: Sanam Virani, Illinois.
5th place: Marquice Motley, Maryland.

The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:
The winner is: Teresa Maria Gardea, Texas.
2nd place: Jasmine Weeks, Virginia.
3rd place: Camille Jana Paskind, Illinois.
4th place: Sasha Weiss, Illinois.
5th place: Briana Simms, New York.

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:
The winner is: Robert Woody, Texas.
2nd place: Mirabai Britton, Iowa.
3rd place: Evan Hall, Texas.
4th place: Michael Williamson, Texas.
5th place: Nathan Azarowicz, Georgia.

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:

We have two winners: Rachel Fireman, Texas & Ben Davenport, Georgia
2nd place: Amelia Malone, Ohio.
3rd place: Gabriel Nathan, Texas.
4th place: Leandra Maharaj, Maryland.
5th place: Ryan English, Georgia.

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:

The winner is: Samantha Brooks, Texas.
2nd place: Kaydee Boyce, Texas.
3rd place: Kailee King, Texas.
4th place: Nathan Villalpando, Texas.
5th place: Becky Jarchow, Missouri.

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:
The winner is: Pooja Magavi, California.
2nd place: Anna Johnson, Minnesota.
3rd place: Haley O'Brien, New York.
4th place: Nathan Lane, Florida.
5th place: Emma Burgeson, Minnesota.

The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:
We have two winners: Aidan Miolano, New Mexico & Ashlee Kephart, Minnesota.
2nd place: C.J.Stermetz, Arizona
3rd place: Ann Mayhew, Minnesota.
4th place: Jane King, Minnesota.
5th place: Jane Annadora Ball, Louisiana.

The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:

The winner is: Michelle Adriana McGrath, New York.
2nd place: Andrew Stein, Michigan.
3rd place: Alex Hoffman, Oregon.
4th place: Alex Brands, Florida.
5th place: Charles Vila, Washington.

The Special Kids Philosophy Slam Winner:
Felisa DeSilva, age 11, New York.

The Robert Felker Award for the Most Poetic Entry:

Amelia Malone, Ohio.

The James W. Buchan Award for Writing Excellence:

Ajay Sharma, Freehold, New Nersey

The Mary Felker Award for the Most Artistic Entry:
Lyleen Bahmanpour, Iran

2004 Honorable Mention Winners

The 2003 Kids Philosophy Slam National Winners are:


The Most Philosophical Student in America is Woo-Kyung Kim of Portland, Orgeon.

2nd place is Joyce Meng of Alexandria, Virginia.
3rd place is Joe Corallo of Bethpage, New York.
A3rd place is Alicia Maye of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

These four high school finalists shared $2,000 in savings bonds and were flown to Lanesboro, Minnesota, where they competed for the title of "The Most Philosophical Student in America" on Saturday, April 26th, 2003.

2003 Kids Philosophy Slam International Winners

K-12 Kids Philosophy Slam Honorable Mention Certificate Winners


Kids Philosophy Slam 2003 National Winners:

The following students will receive an Official Kids Philosophy Slam National Grade Level Winner Certificate plus a Kids Philosophy Slam T-shirt. (Honorable mention winners in all grade levels will be announced April 26th)

The Most Philosophical Kindergartener in America:
The Winner is Tyvonna Bradley, Connecticut.

The Most Philosophical 1st Grader in America:
The Winner is Sasha Weiss, Illinois.

The Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America: We have two Second Grade Winners: Wilson Flores, California, and Benjamin Davis, Illinois.

The Most Philosophical 3rd Grader in America:
The Winner is Veronica Thompson, Ohio.

The Most Philosophical 4th Grader in America:
The Winner is Dominick Padovano, New Jersey.

The Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America:
The Winner is Anna Johnson, Minnesota.

The Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:
The Winner is Quin Goyer, Connecticut

The Most Philosophical 7th Grader in America:
The Winner is Maya Shehayeb, California.

The Most Philosophical 8th Grader in America:
The Winner is Anna Nutter, Texas

The Most Philosophical School in America is Hillside School of Hillside, Illinois.

2nd place is Notre Dame de Sion College Preparatory School for Girls, Kansas City, MO.

The Robert Felker Award for the Most Poetic Entry:
The Winner is Quin Goyer, Connecticut

The winner for the James W. Buchan Award for writing excellence goes to Alicia Maye, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2003 Special Slam winner.

2003 Kids Philosophy Slam K-12 Honorable Mention Certificate Winners.

The Kids Philosophy Slam 2002 National Winners

"Most Philosophical Student in America" for 2002:

Vineetha Joseph of New Jersey.

Kaitlin Crosta 2nd place, Massachusetts.

Dimple Patel 3rd place, North Carolina.

Adam Holmes 3rd place, Massachusetts.

"Most Philosophical School in America" for 2002: Abington High School, Abington, Massachusetts.

Grade 1 The Winner is Tia Fohrman, Minnesota.

Grade 2 The Winner is Josh Field, Kansas.

Grade 3 We have two Third Grade Winners: Eric Pearson, Missouri, and Robyn Suggs, Pennsylvania.

Grade 4 The Winner is Hanna Houle, Minnesota.

Grade 5 The Winner is Ariana Holland, New York.

Grade 6 The Winner is Arjun Shankar, Minnesota.

Grade 7 The Winner is Theresa Augsback, Washington.

Grade 8 The Winner is Eva Westley, Minnesota.

Special Kids Philosophy Slam Winner is Ben Magro, New York.

International Winner is Selen Yagci, Istanbul, Turkey.

 

2001 National Winners

Aparna Noel Suri Wins the first annual Kids Philosophy Slam!

Aaron Mayfield, Age 15, Wisconsin 2001 2nd place.

Eva Tanner, Age 14, Wisconsin 3rd place.

Ackley Lane, Age 15, Oregon 3rd place.

The "Most Philosophical School in America for 2001"

Cedar Creek Community School, Cedar, Minnesota.

1st Grade: Rosie Ramsey , MN.

2nd Grade: Sarony Sot, Philadelphia, PA.

3rd Grade: Alejandra Balli, Laredo, TX.

4th Grade: Jayne King, St Paul, MN.

5th Grade: Kelsey Capelle, Spring Valley, MN.

6th Grade: Darin Hathaway, Nephi, UT.

7th Grade: Joe Lorence, Blaine, MN.

International Winner: M Emre Gürsoy Istanbul, Turkey.

 

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