Essay contest winners 

CPS High School students recognized for excellence in Black History Month Essay Competition

May 10, 2010

Chicago Public Schools high school students were recognized and awarded prizes for essays they authored as part of the Black History Month Essay Competition.


 Essays centered on the topic:  “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ‘The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined non-conformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.’  What does this mean to you personally and what individual of African descent, in your opinion, most exemplifies these words?”  Winners were recognized at a banquet on Thursday, March 18th, at Northside College Prep High School, which featured the reading of the Grand Prize essays and a performance of African music and dance by the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago.


The essay competition was open to all CPS 9th-through-12th graders; students from 34 high schools submitted more than 1,900 essays.  Click on the links provided to read each winning essay.


Grand prize winners included:



Grand prize winners were each awarded a laptop computer and printer, plus a $5,000 scholarship to Roosevelt University.


Second place winners included: 



Second place winners each received a digital camera and printer. 


The Black History Month Essay Competition creates awareness of noteworthy events and persons in African and African American history. A similar essay competition will be held in September/October 2010 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Congratulations to the winners and every student that entered the competition.