Congrats Caeley and Stanley!

Congratulations to Caeley Ott (Grade 7) and Stanley Yarmoussik (Grade 8) on winning the South End Community Center and Stratford Library – Teen Services Department’s annual Black History Month Contest and Celebration for ALL Stratford students in grades 6 – 8!

The Stratford Library mentioned that out of over 300 submissions from the Stratford schools, Caeley placed 1st for the 7th grade and Stanley placed 1st for the 8th grade! Stanley had a swim meet and was unable to attend the actual ceremony, but Caeley kindly read his essay for him as well as her own.

photo (5) For the contest, students had to choose from one of the following:

Essay 1: Write an essay about any African American past or present (both famous and not so famous) and why you think that he or she should receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Essay 2: Write an essay about any African American past or present (both famous and not so famous) and explain why you would like to grow up to be like that person.

Essay 3: African Americans have been depicted in many wonderful fiction books written by African American authors. Read a Young Adult Fiction title such as those listed on the back and imagine that you are one of the African American characters in the story, how would you relate to the same difficult situation that the character faces and why.

Poem: Write a poem about an African American person or a special event in African American history.

Art: Create a drawing or an original piece of work about an African American person or a special event in African American History.

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