TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott announced the 2017 Black History Month contests for students and educators. Art and essay contests are open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students, parents, teachers and principals have also been invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

Governor Scott said, “Black History Month is a time to honor African-Americans who have had an impact on Florida’s history. I hope all Florida students take this opportunity to learn about the many influential African-American Floridians who have shaped the Sunshine State into the best place in the nation to get a great education and job.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “I thoroughly enjoy the Black History Month contests, and I look forward to honoring the student and teacher winners at the Governor’s Mansion. When I visit schools throughout the state, the students’ enthusiasm for learning is uplifting. I encourage all students and educators to participate and appreciate the many contributions made by African-American Floridians to make our state the wonderful place it is today.”

The theme for this year’s essay and art contests is “A recognition of the role of African-Americans in shaping Florida today.” Students are asked to share how African-American Floridians have impacted our state’s history and culture. Information about the contests and Florida’s Black History Month is available on Florida’s Black History Month website, www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

This year’s Black History Month featured artist is Eluster Richardson:

Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, Eluster began painting as a child in the third grade. His works have won numerous awards and have been exhibited in a variety of settings, including the Museum of Florida History, Lemoyne Art Foundation, Florida State Museum of Art, Leepa–Rattner Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. More information about Eluster and his artwork can be found at www.elustercollection.com.

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.

Art entries must be mailed to Volunteer Florida at the address below by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 20, 2017. Emailed or faxed entries will not be accepted. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs.

Black History Month Committee

3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180

Tallahassee, Florida 32311

Essay Contest for Grades 4 – 12 – The Black History Month essay contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4 – 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 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Essay entries can be mailed to Volunteer Florida at the address below or submitted electronically at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com. All entries must be received by Volunteer Florida by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 20, 2017. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs. Entries submitted electronically will receive email confirmation.

Black History Month Committee
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, Florida 32311

Please note: Letters of recommendation must be submitted with the essay; those sent separately will not be accepted.

Excellence in Education Award

Governor Scott’s annual Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools 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).

Educator entries can be mailed to Volunteer Florida at the address below or submitted electronically at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 20, 2017. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs. Entries submitted electronically will receive email confirmation.

Black History Month Committee
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, Florida 32311

Contest Entries and Nominations

All entry forms and guidelines for the contests can be found at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

All entries must be received by Volunteer Florida by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 20, 2017.

For additional information about Florida’s Black History, contests and other related events, please visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

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