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Deadline to enter is 4:00 p.m., January 16, 2019.

Enjoy a short video of Superintendent Eakins providing information about LEAD.

In celebration of Black History Month, Hillsborough County Public Schools is proud to announce this year’s LEAD (Learn, Empower, Advocate, Dream) Student Contest. Leaders impact us in so many ways. We encounter leaders at home, in our schools, religious institutions, on the playing field, and many other places throughout our community. The LEAD contest challenges students to create an artistic interpretation expressing how he or she has been inspired by a local black leader. For example, consider the following possibilities:

  • Pastor
  • Advisor/Mentor
  • Teacher/Principal
  • Fire Fighter
  • Family Member
  • Musician
  • Coach
  • Police Officer
  • Judge/Lawyer
  • Community Advocate
  • Friend
  • Military Member

Who can participate?
There are four levels of students who can participate: Intermediate (grades 3-5), middle (grades 6 - 8), high (grades 9 - 12), and adult (students enrolled in adult education, including technical colleges and adult education programs.)

Are there different categories?
There are three arts categories: Literature, Performance, and Visual Arts. Winners will be selected in each category from each student division. An entry will be judged primarily on originality, creativity, and how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. More info

What kind of prizes can students win?
There are some amazing prizes lined up for our winners, including a postsecondary scholarship.

When is the contest entry deadline?
All entries must be submitted by the close of business (4:00pm) on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Winners will be notified the last week in January, and will be invited to a School Board meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to be recognized. In addition, winning submissions will be showcased February 8th at Student Day at the Fair and winners will be honored during an awards dinner in Plant City on February 8, 2019.

What are the contest rules?
View complete contest rules.

So take the "LEAD" in your classroom and be the first student to enter today!
Wishing you great success,
Jeff Eakins, Superintendent

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