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PRESS RELEASE

November 8, 2004

Jacob DiPietre
(850) 488-5394 or
MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Governor Bush Invites Florida Students to Participate in Annual Black History Month Essay Contest
Top Elementary, Middle and High School Students to Receive Full Scholarships

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Jeb Bush today invited Florida K-12 students to participate in the Governor's annual Black History Month "Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Future" essay contest. Essays must be written on the topic, "What Impact has an African American Educator from Florida Had on My Life."

"It is important Florida's children are educated about the history of all Floridians. Black History Month is a great opportunity to recognize the achievements of Florida's African American educators," Governor Bush said. "Our annual essay contest provides students throughout the state with the opportunity to learn more about African-American contributions to Florida, showcase their creativity and reward them for their talent."

The contest is open to all Florida K-12 students. A panel of educators, community and business leaders from around the state will serve as judges and select the winning essays. 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). Winners will receive a trip to Tallahassee to attend the annual Black History Month Reception at the Governor's Mansion and a full 4-year tuition scholarship to a state college or university of their choice, provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Guidelines are as follows:

Entries must be e-mailed to blackhistoryessay@myflorida.com or mailed to the Governor's Press Office, 206 the Capitol, Tallahassee, FL, 32399, by 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2005.

Each student may enter one essay no longer than 500 words in length.

Essays submitted must include: contestant's name, home address, telephone number, school the student attends, grade level and title of the essay.

Partners of this year's essay contest are the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators and the Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Science. Sponsors for the essay contest include the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and the Florida Lottery.

"Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune, one of the greatest American educational pioneers, opened an educational institution in Florida 100 years ago known as Bethune Cookman College to educate young black boys and girls. Her mantra was "Enter to Learn and Depart to Serve." It is our sincerest hope that our youngest Floridians respect, honor and appreciate the modern day educational pioneers who are on the front lines of our K-12, shaping the greatest intellectual potential the world has ever known," said Representative Ed Jennings, Chairman, Florida Caucus of Black State Legislators.

Students interested in participating in the essay contest should visit Governor Bush's Black History Month webpage at www.myflorida.com. Contact Cristal Cole at (850) 488-5394 or Leslie D. Steele at (850) 487-7727 for more information or a complete copy of the contest rules. Please see attached guidelines sheet.


"Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Future"
Governor Jeb Bush's annual Black History Month Essay Contest Official Rules and Guidelines

Governor Jeb Bush's annual Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all K-12 students in the state of Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary (K-5 student), one middle (6-8 student) and one high school (9-12 student) student. Winners will be notified on January 20, 2005.

Entries must be e-mailed to blackhistoryessay@myflorida.com, or mailed to Cristal Cole in the Governor's Office, 206 the Capitol, Tallahassee, FL, 32399, by 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2005.

Essays should address the following topic: "What Impact has an African American Educator from Florida Had on My Life."

  • Each student may enter only one essay.

  • Essays should be no longer than 500 words in length.

  • A parent must sign or type name on a waiver form allowing publication of the student's essay in the event that they are selected as a winner. Parental waiver can be obtained by logging onto the Governor's Black History Month webpage on the myflorida http://www.myflorida.com webportal or http://www.myflorida.com/myflorida/governorsoffice/black_history/essay.html
    A parental waiver must accompany.

  • Essays submitted must include: contestant's name, home address, telephone number, school the student attends, grade level and title of the essay.

  • Winners will receive a 4-year full tuition scholarship to any Florida state college or university of their choice, provided by Florida Prepaid Education Foundation.

  • All travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and their immediate family members. Winners will be awarded their scholarships at the Governor's annual Black History Month reception, which will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee.

Contact Cristal Cole in the Governor's Press Office at (850) 488-5394 or Leslie D. Steele in the Florida Lottery Communication office at (850) 487-7727 for any further questions.

All essays must be submitted in one of the following formats:
Simple text(.txt)
Rich Test Format(.rtf)
Microsoft Word (.doc)