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Jessica Ahlquist

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Jessica Ahlquist (1995–) is an activist from Cranston, Rhode Island, known for successfully challenging a prayer posted in her high school's auditorium. As a result of the case she, her father, and the ACLU brought against the City of Cranston, the school was obligated to remove the banner with the prayer. For her efforts, Ahlquist, who was sixteen at the time, was and is the victim of all kinds of harassment from a variety of community leaders, including being dubbed "Evil Little Thing" by Rhode Island State Representative Peter Palumbo, who was arrested for embezzlement.[1]


  • American Humanist Association Humanist Pioneer Award — 2012
  • Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award — 2013[2]