TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott announced the 2016 Black History Month student and teacher contest winners. The winners will be honored tonight during the Black History Month reception at the Governor’s mansion. The reception honors African American heroes who have helped make Florida the best state to live, work and raise a family.
Governor Scott said, “This year during Black History Month, we are honored to recognize African American heroes, past and present, who have risked their lives to ensure the safety of others. American history is full of African American heroes, veterans, military members, law enforcement officers, and first responders, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect Floridians and people all over the world. Ann and I are proud to announce this year’s winners and thank everyone who participated in this year’s contests to learn more about African American history in Florida.”
First Lady Ann Scott said, “I am so impressed with the quality of this year’s contest entries and I am pleased to congratulate the winners. In Florida, we are fortunate to have so many outstanding educators who are dedicated to ensuring all Florida students understand the impact of African American heroes, past and present. It is an honor to recognize them, along with our student award recipients, at the Florida Governor’s Mansion.”
The 2016 Black History Month featured artist is Arthur Dillard. Arthur’s artwork can be found throughout the United States, and was displayed at the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Decision in Washington, D.C. He is a self-taught artist who earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A&M University and currently has a studio in Bradenton.
The following three educators, individuals nominated by students and peers, were recognized with the Excellence in Education Award and will each receive $1,500:
- Shaday Lackey – Melrose Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County
- David Bradley – Lakeside Junior High School, Orange Park, Clay County
- Kolesia Richardson-Brown – Fort Walton Beach High School, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County
The following student essay contest winners – one elementary, one middle, and one high school student – will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation:
- Daniella Darcangelo – Sunset Elementary School, Miami, Miami-Dade County (4th-5th grade)
- Annelisa Swiersz – Ft. Myers Christian School, Fort Myers, Lee County (6th-8th grade)
- Michaela Polmann – Dunedin High School, Dunedin, Pinellas County (9th-12th grade)
The following student art contest winners will each receive $250.
- Joshua Johnson – Allamanda Elementary School, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County (Kindergarten-1st grade)
- Siany Milian – Norma Butler Bossard Elementary School, Miami, Miami-Dade County (2nd-3rd grade)
The following two recipients were recognized with the Champion of Service award:
- Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Bernard and Shirley Kinsey’s museum collection, The Kinsey Collection, is a national touring exhibit of art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts dating back to 1600 that tell the story of African American achievement and contribution. The collection has been viewed by over 3 million visitors and was displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. and Walt Disney World in Orlando. Mr. Kinsey attended Florida A&M University and he supports scholarships for students and grants for aspiring African-American artists.
The Black History Month reception and awards are supported by Maritza Rovira Forino Family and The Florida Math and Science Initiative, Volunteer Florida Foundation, Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Foundation, Comcast, AT&T, Florida Power & Light, Florida Lottery, Prudential, Florida Blue, Publix, Walmart, Mosaic, AAA, FCCI, and Sunshine Health.
~ Three students will earn a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott invited Florida K-12 students to participate in the 2018 Black History Month art and essay contests based on this year’s theme, “A Celebration of Innovative African-American Leaders.” Students, parents, teachers and principals are also invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.
Governor Scott said, “Ann and I are proud to join Florida families in celebrating Black History Month this February and encourage every Florida student to participate in the 2018 Black History Month contests and nominate one of our state’s great educators for the Excellence in Education Award.”
First Lady Ann Scott said, “Governor Scott and I are so honored to announce this year’s Black History Month contests in celebration of Florida’s many innovative leaders. I hope every student takes advantage of this opportunity to learn about our state’s history and potentially earn a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship. We are also honored to recognize this year’s featured artist, Thomas H. Lewis, whose beautiful one-of-a-kind stained glass art is displayed around the country.”
About the Student Contests
Art Contest for Grades K-3: The Black History Month art contest is open to all Florida students in grades K-3. Two winners will be selected.
Essay Contest for Grades 4-12: The Black History Month essay contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4 through 12. Three winners will be selected: one elementary student (grades 4-5), one middle-school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12). Winners will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
About the Excellence in Education Award
Governor Scott’s annual Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12).
Contest Entries and Nomination Forms and Guidelines
Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.
Black History Month Committee
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018.
More information about the contests and Florida’s Black History Month is available at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.