The results are in!
Each year high school students throughout Virginia are invited to honor outstanding African Americans by participating in our annual student writing contest. Four winning essays are chosen, one from each of the four regions in Virginia that Dominion serves.
This year students were asked to reflect on the following prompt:
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.
Born enslaved in Henrico County, Mitchell graduated valedictorian from the Richmond Normal School and worked as a teacher before becoming editor of the fledgling Richmond Planet in 1884, a position he held for more than forty years. Mitchell, known as the “fighting editor,” assisted in organizing a black boycott of the Richmond trolley system and gained notoriety for promoting the Planet’s strong anti-lynching stance. The legacy of Mitchell’s Richmond Planet endures; his countless editorial and articles condemning racial injustice “gave meaning to the lives of his readers” long before the beginning of the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century.
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?
We are pleased to announce that the following students have been selected as winners of their respective regions. Each has won an HP laptop computer and each winner’s school will receive $1,000 from Dominion. Congratulations to them and thanks to all the students who submitted essays. They were thought provoking and stimulating. Keep an eye out for next year’s contest!
2014 Student Writing Contest Winners
Jocelyn Lee - (10th grade)
Franklin Military Academy
City of Richmond
Principal: Sheron Carter-Gunter
Garrett Jones - (11th grade)
Greenbrier Christian Academy
Principal: Dr. Sam Botta
Lexi Maycock - (9th grade)
West Springfield High School
City of Springfield
Principal: Mr. Mark Greenfelder
Tyler Phillips - (12th grade)
Turner Ashby High School
Principal: Mr. Steven Walk
Later this month we will post each winner’s winning essay.