Letter to Educators: Sixth Annual Essay and Video Competition
October 1, 2018
This is a gentle reminder that the 6 th Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Essay and Video
Competition’s deadline is December 31. Early submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org are invited.
Kindly direct students to the HLLG website (HenriettaLacksLegacyGroup.org) for model essays and
letters. Open to all middle, high, and home schooled students, the competition is designed to extend
the extraordinary legacy of Mrs. Lacks to new generations of students.
Mrs. Lacks is best recognized for her immortal HeLa cells, as they are known in the medical research
complex. Her cells have been used in research that led to the development of the Polio vaccine and for
the development of the cancer drugs tamoxifen as well as chemotherapy.
The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group (HLLG) is a non-profit (501 c 3) organization that exists to protect,
preserve, and promote the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to modern medicine (via
HeLa Cells) and the conversations around health equity. It also exists to serve as a clearing house for
activities that extend Lacks’ legacy and historic of Turner Station, Maryland, where Lacks resided at the
time of her death. The Annual Essay and Video Competition is one of the ways we meet our mission.
We appreciate educators who spotlight her amazing story in their language arts, science, and social
science classrooms. Enclosed please find a flyer for the competition and note that special needs
students are invited to submit.
Thank you for your consideration.
Official Letter to Educators found Here: 2LetterToTeachers
Education | Inspiration | Celebration
Sixth Annual Essay and Video Competition
The Henrietta Lacks Legacy (HLLG) Group invites your submissions to the 6 th Annual Essay and Video
Competition. Open to high school, middle school, and home school students across the country.
First Prize: $125.00
Second Prize: $100.00
Third Prize: $75.00
All high school, middle school, and home school students across the United States.
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.
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. Please do not send student’s email address. Deadline:
Monday, December 31, 2018 at Midnight; Send submission to: email@example.com