2011 Black History Month Essay Winners 

CPS High School students recognized for excellence in competition

March 15, 2011

Eight talented CPS high school students will receive prizes ranging from college scholarships to laptop computers and digital cameras for essays they authored as part of the Black History Month Essay Competition.


Essays centered on the topic:


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.


The essay competition was open to all CPS 9th through 12th graders; students from 33 high schools submitted more than 3,000 essays. Selection of grand and second place prize winners was performed by judges from Roosevelt University, American Bottling Company and Chicago Public Schools.


Grand prize winners include:


Each grand prize winner will be awarded a laptop computer and printer, plus a $5,000 scholarship to Roosevelt University.


Second place winners include:


Each second place winner will receive a digital camera and printer.


All the student winners will be recognized at an awards banquet in April, along with their families and school representatives—congratulation to all student winners and every student that entered the competition.


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 2011 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.


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