Haitian Heritage Month Essay Contest Winners

Haitian Heritage Month Essay Contest Winners
Posted on 05/13/2018
Contest Winners

The School Board of Palm Beach County recognized the three winners of this year’s Haitian Heritage Month Essay Contest during its regular meeting on May 9, where the students also received their certificates and prize money:

• Christa Dor: First Place – Boynton Beach High, 11th grade
• Alexis Ruth Sincere: Second Place – Suncoast High, 12th grade
• Cynthia Leconte: Third Place – Boca Raton High, 11th grade

The students were asked to write an essay in response to this question: “As a young immigrant student leaving High School, what would you do if you were financially set?”

The winners will participate at the Haitian Heritage Month Book Festival and Essay Winners Recognition that will take place at the West Boynton Beach Branch Library (9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach) on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. where they will talk about their essays. The first place winner will receive a check for $250, the second place winner $150, and the third place winner $100, from Gaskov Clergé Foundation, a nonprofit and philanthropic organization established to promote health and education in Haiti and the United States.

At that event, Educa Vision Inc. will present a $50 gift certificate to the students who came in fourth, fifth, and sixth place. Those students are listed below:

• Shoobie Leonard: Fourth Place – Suncoast High, 11th grade
• Jennyka S. Lamothe: Fifth Place – Forest Hill High, 12th grade
• Nicklaus Florexil: Sixth Place – Lake Worth High, 12th grade

The Haitian Heritage Month Essay Contest for High School students began in 2004 as part of the celebration of Haitian Heritage Month in the School District. Its goal is to motivate all students to practice their thinking and writing skills to increase their achievement level in high-stakes assessments, and specifically to increase the self-esteem of Haitian students by promoting their history and culture, and encouraging them to conduct historical research about their country, their people and their contributions to the history of the world.

For more information about the Haitian Heritage Month Celebration and Essay Contest in the School District, visit the District’s Creole website or contact Bito David, Communications Specialist, at (561) 963-3820 (PX 43820) or bito.david@palmbeachschools.org.
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