Black History Month Essay and Poetry Contest Announced for Bayonne Students
Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne Youth Center have announced an essay contest for Black History Month. The contest is open to 6th and 7th grade students who are residents of Bayonne.
Students have four question options: 1.) How can we do more as a community to highlight positive African-American history in schools other than just during February? 2.) Why do you feel that Black History is important? 3.) Other than people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Frederick Douglass, which unsung African-American hero do you aspire to be like? 4.) If you had the opportunity to create a memorial in our town for an African-American, who would it be and why?
Students have two writing options: essay or poetry.
The essay must be the student’s original work. It must be typed, double-spaced, with font size 12 in Times New Roman. There must be a title page with the student’s name, grade, home address, e-mail address, and telephone number. The essay must have no more than 400 words.
The poetry must be the student’s original work. It must be typed, double-spaced, with font size 12 in Times New Roman. There must be a title page with the student’s name, grade, home address, e-mail address, and telephone number. The poetry may be free verse, blank verse, or rhymed. Poetic imagery is encouraged. The student may choose any style – narrative, sonnet, ode, etc. The poem should contain at least 15 lines.
Student essays and poems must be submitted through their teachers.
A selection of student submissions will be displayed at the Bayonne Youth Center’s annual luncheon. Contest winners will be presented with awards. Winners will receive the following prizes: first place, $125; second place, $75; and third place, $50.
All submissions must be received by February 13, 2019. Contest winners will be notified and celebrated at the 2019 Annual Bayonne Youth Center Luncheon, which will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Bayonne Community Museum, 229 Broadway, Bayonne.