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Iranian-American Essay Contest Award Winners Announced

After two rounds of judging, the winners of IAAB Javan's Iranian-American Essay Contest have been announced! The contest was exciting for all involved, and all of the essays we received were extremely thoughtful and a joy to read. We thank all of our contestants for sharing their creative reflections and participating!

The top ten essays, as chosen by a distinguished panel of judges from the Iranian-American community, comprise an eBook published by IAAB. We hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we did! If you are interested in purchasing a paperback copy of the eBook, please email us at

Congratulations to the top three essay winners:

1. Sara Ghadiri, "Secret Paintings"

The Language Barrier is much more than just a barrier.  It is a locked door, a brick wall. Communication is so vitally important to human success that without it, we are lost.  However, studying a language doesn't necessarily teach us to communicate. Language in itself is an experience, and a lifelong one at that.  I have learned to speak German, Spanish, English, and Farsi, but I have only truly experienced the latter two.

2. Roshan Alemi, "Once Upon a Time"

Once upon a time there was a girl. Not just any girl, an Iranian-American eight-year-old girl who was about to have her first sleepover. Now, like any other normal eight-year-old girl about to have her first sleepover she was nervous. Very, very, nervous. She didn't want her friends to come and be disappointed. She wanted to make sure they had the best sleepover possible. She had spent hours before cleaning the house, ridding it of anything embarrassing that she didn't want her friends to see. In fact, by the time she's finished, her bedroom had never been cleaner. She had just told her mother that she thought it would be best if they had pizza for dinner instead of khoresht when the doorbell rang.

3. Alireza Nikroo, "Stupid Question"

Simple. I was brought-up in Orange County, or as I would like to call it, “Persian-Ville.” You would think that the people here would at least know a little bit about Iran. You know, how Iran is developed, how the night-life doesn't compare to that of other metropolitan cities, or how the “hejab” is now a fashion-term. If I spend time to learn your culture, and how Shakespeare was so important, the least that you can do is learn something  about Mosleh al-Din Saadi Shirazi. I know. His name is a little hard to drop once-in-a-while at a party, but you can always call him “Mos.”

As first place winner, Sara Ghadiri will receive an award of $250. The second place winner, Roshan Alemi, will be awarded a $100 gift certificate, and all three will receive
Ajaban Zaban Persian Magnet sets and certificates!

A very sincere thank you goes also to our seven distinguished judges for their time, support, and energy: Tara Bahrampour, Dr. Arlene Dallalfar, Dr. Persis Karim, Robert Karimi, Afshin Molavi, Dr. Nahid Mozaffari, and Behzad Tabatabai. Moteshakkerim!


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