Governor announces Black History Month Contest winners

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Tallahassee, Fla (WTXL) - Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott announced the 2014 Black History Month student and teacher contest winners at a reception held at the Governor's Mansion this evening.

The reception celebrated African-American community leaders, educators, and students. Rose Marian Jefferson was a part of the ceremony as the 2014 Black History Month featured artist.

Three outstanding educators were presented with an Excellence in Education Award. The winners were nominated by peers and students and the recipients received $1,500 each.

Excellence in Education award winners are:

  • Michelle Wright – Miami Lakes K-8 Center, Miami Lakes, FL (Miami-Dade County)
  • LaTonja McNeil – State College of Florida Collegiate School, Bradenton, Florida (Manatee County)
  • Major Trent Johnson – Andrew Jackson High School, Jacksonville, FL (Duval County)

Students were honored as well at the event, with three student essay contest winners and two student art winners. Each student essay winner received a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship and the winners of the art competition were awarded $250.

Student essay contest winners are:

  • Brooklyn Sheppard, Port Saint Joe Elementary School, Port Saint Joe, Florida
  • Lyndsey Thomas, Franklin Academy, Pembroke Pines, Florida
  • Javan Latson, Belleview High School, Ocala, Florida

Student art contest winners are:

  • Katie Huynh – Lake Park Elementary in Naples, FL (K-1)
  • Kayla Gonzalez - Coral Reef Elementary in Miami, FL (2nd-3rd Grade)