Black History Month Essay Competition 

The 2011 contest topic focuses on the words of Booker T. Washington

January 31, 2011

The annual Black History Month Essay Competition is open to all CPS high school students. Sponsored by CPS, the American Bottling Company and Roosevelt University, all 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students are invited to participate. The four students with the best essays in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade categories will each receive a laptop computer and printer, as well as a $5,000 Roosevelt University scholarship. The four students with the second best essays in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade categories will each receive a digital camera and photo printer.


This year´s essay topic is:

Born into slavery in 1856, founder of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute and recipient of honorary degrees from Harvard University and Dartmouth College, Booker T. Washington once said, "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."  Describe a person of African descent who most represents these words to you.




Students: Rules for the competition and entry forms are available at each high school or may be downloaded HERE. Essays will be judged on originality and creativity, cultural knowledge and research, organizational structure and clarity, as well as spelling and grammar.


Schools: Instructions for the competition may be downloaded HERE. Please read them carefully so that your school´s essays are entered in the competition.


The competition winners, their families and their school principals and teachers will be invited to an awards banquet at which all winners will be recognized and will receive their prizes.




Students: Essays must be turned in to the school Competition Coordinator no later than February 18, 2011.


Schools: The best essay from each grade level must be faxed to Central Office no later than February 23, 2011.


Questions? If you have a question that´s not covered in the competition instructions, you may contact Babette Klein at 773-553-2859 /