Two high school seniors will have a little extra cash in their pockets when they start college in the fall because they were the essay contest winners in a competition sponsored by a local law firm.
Heaven Britton, a senior at Ouachita High School and Lydell Jones, Jr. of Richwood High School were the top essay winners in a Black History essay contest sponsored by the law firm of Breithaupt, DuBos, & Wolleson Black History Scholarship Essay recently.
The firm offered two scholarships, paid to their respective colleges, of $2,500 for first place and $1,000 for 2nd place.
Over 60 students submitted essays in the contest which were judged by three judges who read the essays and rated them without knowing the names of the authors.
Britton won 1st place with her essay about Broadcaster Robin Roberts. She said, “Roberts is the pure definition of Black Excellence. She returned to Goodmorning America on February 20, 2013, while also helping the show win an award for best ratings soon after the 2012 presidential election. She exemplified courage, strength, and most of all, power when coming out to the world and identifying as a gay woman. She didn’t allow the trials and opinions of the world to determine her decisions or lifestyle.”
Jones won second place for his essay entitled “My hero” about his grandmother. He selected his grandmother Teri Wilson because “she has never doubted or quit on me even when I wanted to quit. She always reminded me that I have to live my life and fulfill my dreams. My Nana always tells me to live my life for me but I honestly live because of her.
Because of my grandmother, I am not homeless, dead, or in jail. Despite my past and my obstacles, I have been accepted into every college that I have recently applied.”
Attorney Alan Breithaupt said the firm plans to sponsor the contest every year in hopes of inspiring more youth to sharpen their literary skills.
The recipients were presented their scholarship awards recently at a reception at the firm’s Tower Drive office.