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Annual Essay & Video Competition

The Official Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group / Annual Essay & Video Competition

Sixth Annual Essay & Video Competition

The Henrietta Lacks Legacy (HLLG) Group invites your submissions to the 6th Annual Essay and Video Competition. Open to high school, middle school, and home school students across the country.

Prizes:

First Prize: $125.00
Second Prize: $100.00
Third Prize: $75.00

Eligibility:

All high school, middle school, and home school students across the United States.

Application:

High school students must submit a 300-word typed essay on the contributions of Mrs. Lacks to modern medicine and why it is important to remember her today. Middle school students must compose a letter to Mrs. Lacks. Reflect on her contributions to modern medicine and how the use of her cells has affected you or your family. The strongest entries will reflect not only on her history but also emphasize why her legacy is so important to remember today.

Video submissions should include a multi-media video clip (of images, interviews, etc.), reflecting on the contributions of Henrietta Lacks to modern medicine and why it is so important to remember her legacy today, not to exceed 3 minutes in length.

All submissions must include: Student’s full name, grade, name of teacher / parent, name of school, city, state, and email address of teacher/parent.

Deadline:

Monday, December 31, 2019 at Midnight

Send to:

Essay and Video Competition
hlackslegacy@gmail.com
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Special Needs Students:

The competition is also open to special needs students in high and middle schools.  Submissions may include text and graphics/artwork and address one of the two assignments below, depending on grade level, and sent to: HLLG, PO Box 21882, Turner Station, MD 21222.

Winners of 5th Annual Essay & Video Competition

 

Middle School

Brooke Strauss 1 st Place Pine Grove Middle School, Baltimore County
James Fields 2 nd Place Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Ronald Johnson 3 rd Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Kennedy Jackson Honorable Mention The Mount Washington School, Baltimore

High School

Chika Chima 1 st Place Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore
Kiet Nguyen 2 nd Place Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore
Enzinne Onyedum 3 rd Place Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore
Zachary Wells Honorable Mention Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore
Mia Lara Honorable Mention, Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School,  Vancouver, Washington

Video Competition
Isabella Holcombe 1st Place Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore

Winners of 4th Annual Essay & Video Competition

 

Middle School

Allison Kortte 1st Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Nataniella Essang 2nd Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Alan Guchemand 3rd Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore

High School

Chioma Ekwunazu 1st Place Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore
Deanna Difuntorum 2nd Place Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience
High School, Vancouver, Washington
Melissa Kloub 3rd Place Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience
High School, Vancouver, Washington

Winners of 3rd Annual Essay & Video Competition

Middle School

Jackson Rhodes 1st Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Jack Murphy 2nd Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Keiyen Gray 3rd Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore

High School

Eva Plank 1st Place Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore
Kelly Snowden 2nd Place Western School of Technology & Environmental Science, Baltimore
Lindsey Lurz 3rd Place Loch Raven High School, Baltimore County
Zoe Yarbrough Honorable Mention Loch Raven High School, Baltimore County

Winners of 2nd Annual Essay & Video Competition

Middle School

Miranda Hull 1st Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Simon Spahn-Rodriguez 1st Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Alexander Hull 2nd Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore
Marco Espejo-Saavedra 3rd Place The Mount Washington School, Baltimore

High School

Bradley Allen 1st Place Dundalk High School, Dundalk, MD
Amanda Dove 1st Place Dundalk High School, Dundalk, MD
Alex MacRae 2nd Place Dundalk High School, Dundalk, MD
Katherine Battaglia 3rd Place Notre Dame Preparatory School, Towson, MD
Kayla DiBartolomeo Honorable Mention Dundalk High School, Dundalk, MD

Winners of 1st Annual Essay & Video Competition

Middle School

Max Brilhart 1st Place Dundalk Middle School, Dundalk, MD
Jasper Baciglupa 2nd Place Dundalk Middle School, Dundalk, MD
Anastasia Farley 3rd Place Dundalk Middle School, Dundalk, MD

High School

Karina Paul 1st Place Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, Vancouver, Washington
Amber Canady  2nd Place Sollers Point Technical High School
Nick Eckloff 3rd Place Sollers Point Technical High School