Black History Month Essay Contest Winners Announced

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

February 25th, 2013



The Henderson County Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of the Black History Month essay contest. Henderson County children in grades 4-8 were asked to pick an African-American inventor or scientist, tell about his or her invention or discovery, and share how this has affected their own lives. There were 119 entries in all, covering African-American innovators such as George Washington Carver, Garret Morgan, Madame C. J. Walker, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, and Mark Dean.

The following students are our winners:


4th-5th grade

1st place—Cayden Duncan, Bend Gate

2nd place—Dylan Elliot, Bend Gate

3rd place (tie)—Ashton Lowe, Bend Gate & Lauren Gibbs, Bend Gate

Honorable Mention: Drew Willett, Bend Gate

Hannah Gorman, Bend Gate

Ella Curneal, Niagara

6th-8th grade

1st place—Christina Blanchard, North Middle School

All winners will be honored at the Soul of a Writer program on Thursday, February 28th at 6 p.m. in the HCPL multipurpose room. Each winner is invited to read his or her essay during the program, and each will receive the award. Pizza and a discussion of Walter Dean Myers’ book Monster will follow the award ceremony.

Henderson County Public Library would like to thank Bill Dixon, Edward Huff, and Glenda Dixon who volunteered as judges for this contest. Mr. Dixon is the Director of Cultural Diversity at Henderson Community College. Mr. Huff is a writer and active member of several local community organizations. Mrs. Dixon served as Children’s Services Manager for 37 years at Henderson County Public Library until her retirement in August 2012.

For more information contact Cindy Williams at 270.831.5000.

Comments are closed.