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Students Encouraged to Honor LEADers for Black History Month

December 16, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (December 16, 2015) –Superintendent Jeff Eakins recently announced the LEAD (Learn, Empower, Advocate, Dream) student contest to celebrate Black History Month.  Students in grades 3 through 12 are encouraged to submit an entry expressing how they have been inspired by a local African American leader. 

Students will choose to enter one of three categories: literature, performing arts, or visual arts.  Each entry will be judged primarily on originality, creativity, and how well the student used his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.  Nine winners will be selected, one per category from each division: intermediate (grades 3 through 5), middle school (grades 6 through 8), and high school (grades 9 through 12).

Prizes for the LEAD student contest include scholarships, technology, and sports memorabilia.  The deadline to enter is 4 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016.  Winners will be notified in the first week of February and invited to attend the School Board meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. 

For more information about the LEAD student contest including how to enter and contest rules, visit and type GO LEAD in the search box.


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