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Organization holds Black History Month contest

From Staff reports

All middle and high school students in Rockdale County are invited to participate in a contest from the American Institute for Resource and Human Development Inc. The nonprofit organization, is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of Black History Month in February. The theme of the essay is One Black American Whose Leadership has Influenced My Life.

This essay contest is open to Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb County school district middle and high school students.

First prize will be $150, second prize will be $100 and third prize will be $50. Seven honorable mention prizes also will be awarded.

The deadline for students to send their 150- to 200-word essay is Feb. 22. Entries must be sent via e-mail in Microsoft Word format to dpwilliams0810@yahoo.com.

Contest guidelines are as follows: essays should be 150 to 250 words in length and will be judged on grammatical and historical correctness, clarity, neatness and imagination; all essays must be typed using 12-point font and double-spaced. Essays submitted must include the contestant's name, home address, telephone number, school the student attends, grade level, date of birth, school district and title of the essay. The subjects of the essays may have lived in the past or the present.

Questions that should be answered in the essay include a brief biography of the person, a description of how this person was or is a leader, a description of the contributions the person has made to society, and an explanation of how the writer has been influenced by this person.

Essays will be judged by an AIRHD panel.

Awards will be presented at the East Atlanta Teen Connection Summit March 15 at the Rockdale Soccerplex, located at 1780 Old Salem Road in Conyers.

Visit www.americanresource.org for contest details and additional information, or call Denise Williams at 404-516-5731.