Strong Men & Women in Virginia History
The Library of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power invite Virginia's high school students to participate in the 2014 essay contest honoring outstanding African Americans.
Entrants must be high school students at a public or private high school in one of Dominion Virginia Power's four regional service areas (in Virginia). Home-schooled students may enter as well. (See link to rules below.)
PROMPT (from a news release): "One of this year's honorees is John MItchell Jr. (1863-1929), editor of the influential African-American newspaper 'The Richmond Planet.' As editor, he fought against racism and for African-American advancement in politics, business, and education.
Consider an issue or problem that is keeping your community (be it local, state, national, or global) from achieving its full potential. Describe that issue and explain why it is so important to you. How would you go about overcoming it?
Entry should be original works, not previously published or submitted for publication, and should not exceed 400 words.
One winning essay will be selected from each of the four regions served by Dominion Virginia Power.
Please go here for complete details including contest rules and judging criteria.
Deadline: Friday, Nov. 8 (online submission)
Prizes: Each winner will receive a laptop computer and $1,000 for his/her school.
Winners will be notified by Dec. 9, and an awards ceremony will be held in Richmond on Feb. 5.
Questions? Call (804) 692-3999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.