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December 11, 2001

CONTACT: Elizabeth Hirst
Florida Governors Office

Governor and Mrs. Bush Announce Essay Contest to Celebrate Black History Month

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Jeb Bush today announced a Black History Month essay contest for K-12 students. Students' essays will answer the question, "What impact has black history had on my life?"

"It is important that Florida's children are educated about the history of all Floridians, especially the achievements of African-Americans," Governor Bush said. "This is an excellent opportunity to educate Florida's students about African-American contributions to Florida, showcase their creativity and reward them for their talent."

The contest essays will be judged on their inspirational and personal content that remember Florida's African-American history and celebrate the diversity of the state's future. Student essays should be no longer than 500 words in length and parents are required to sign a waiver allowing their child's paper to be published. Winning essays will be selected by a panel of educators and community leaders. The deadline for all entries to be received in the Governor's Mentoring Office is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2002.

One winner will be selected from each of the three grade-level categories, elementary (grades K-5), middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). The Florida Prepaid College Foundation will provide winning students with a pre-paid tuition scholarship to a Florida community college, college, or university whose admission requirements they meet.

Those interested in participating in the essay contest or for a complete copy of the contest rules, should visit Essays and parental consent forms may be e-mailed to or faxed to (850) 487-1866.