Submissions from Special Needs Students: Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group 6th Annual Essay and Video Competition
On Friday, November 16, members of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group visited the Separate Public Day School, Claremont High School, to discuss Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to medicine. The group also collected submissions from students. This marked the first time in 6 years that the Annual Essay and Video Competition accepted submissions from special needs students.
According to Servant Courtney Speed, Daniel Appley, 12th grade language arts teacher at Claremont, reached out to HLLG after reading an article about the essay and video competition in the Dundalk Eagle. “He wanted to know if a category could be created for special needs students because he teaches his students the Rebecca Skloot book,” she added.
After some consultation with judges and Mr. Appley, the competition is now open to special needs students in high and middle schools. Submissions may include text and graphics/artwork and address one of the two topics: the contributions of Mrs. Lacks to modern medicine and why it is important to remember her today or write a letter to Mrs. Lacks and share how you feel about the contribution her cells have made to society.
During a discussion with HLLG, students reported overwhelming that the best thing they liked about Mrs. Lacks story are the miracle of her cells and her family. Senior Juanye Jones reported that he, “Liked that her cells were used to make lotion.”
Jerri Lacks Whye, granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks, will present the awards in the special needs category during the Black History Month Event scheduled for February 24, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 651 Mount Olive Road, Turner Station, MD 21222. According to Whye, “It is a pleasure to present the awards in honor of my aunt Elsie, my grandmother’s oldest daughter.”
All middle, high and home school students are invited to submit work by Monday,
December 31, 2018 at Midnight to: firstname.lastname@example.org .