Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students captured four of the top six spots in the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s 2015 Florida Women’s History Essay Contest.
The Commission invited students in grades six through nine to participate in order to gain a more relevant appreciation of women’s roles in history, and engage young minds of women’s roles in the future. Since its inception in 1982, the Hall of Fame has recognized and honored Florida women who, through their lives and work, have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for all citizens of the state.
Michael Gold of Walter C. Young Middle School was awarded first place statewide in the sixth through seventh grades category.
Qiara King of Attucks Middle School was awarded third place in this category.
Jaclyn Siu of Glades Middle School was awarded first place statewide in the eighth through ninth grades category. Dasia Hall of Ramblewood Middle School was awarded third place in this category.
First place winners, Gold and Siu, are invited to read their essays in Tallahassee during the 2016 Florida Women’s Day at the Capitol on January 28, 2016. The two will each receive a $100 cash award, and have their essays published in the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s newsletter and on its website during March in recognition of Women’s History Month. All winners receive an award certificate from the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.
“Celebrating women’s history presents the opportunity to honor and recount stories of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments and inspires today’s generation,” said Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Chair Commissioner Elizabeth Pines. “Learning about our past allows us to build our future. This essay contest is designed for youngsters to bring the future into the present, and design the improvements they want to see in Florida, through women.”
Pictured above: First place winners Jaclyn Siu (left) and Michael Gold.
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