Governor Rick Scott’s Black History Month Essay Contest was open to all 4th through 12th grade students in the state of Florida. Three winners were selected: one elementary (4-5) student, one middle (6-8) student, and one high school (9-12) student. Nya Jones, 8th grade student at Polo Park Middle School was selected as the middle school recipient.
As one of the three winners in the State, Nya Jones will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. The Governor’s Black History Month celebration will be held in Tallahassee on February 22, 2012 and Nya Jones with two family members will attend.
Polo Park Middle School is located at 11901 Lake Worth Rd., Wellington. The principal at the school, Mr. Scott Blake, made the following comments:
“Nya is an exceptional example of everything that is right and good in our middle school students at Polo Park. We are extremely proud of her many accomplishments. She is a gifted writer and an excellent student.”
The topic of the high school and middle school essays was: “Describe an African-American who made a significant achievement in science and technology and how has that achievement advanced American quality of life. How has this person inspired you to become interested in science and technology and how do you plan to use this inspiration to advance America?”
“The art and essay contests are a great chance for the children of Florida to express their creativity while learning about the African-American leaders who have enriched our state,” said First Lady Mrs. Ann Scott.
Excerpts from website of Governor Rick Scott’s Black History Month message:
Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll and I are working to make Florida a place where the American dream of economic prosperity is possible for everyone. The African-American leaders of today and the past serve as role models to motivate Florida’s children and young people to become tomorrow’s leaders.
To help develop the future leaders of our state, I am committed to making sure every student gets a good education. Part of making sure Florida has the best educated workforce is improving education in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and math. During the next few years, these fields will play an important role in preparing Florida’s students for a job and attracting businesses to expand, grow or relocate to Florida to tap into our globally competitive workforce.
REF: Governor Rick Scott’s Black History Month Art & Essay Contests
REF: PBCSD: (Press Release) Public Affairs Office. February 2012.