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LEAD Student Contest Winners Announced

February 08, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (February 8, 2017) – Nine students have been announced as winners of the LEAD contest. LEAD (Learn, Empower, Advocate, Dream) is a student contest in celebration of Black History Month. 

Students in grades 3-12 were challenged to create an artistic interpretation expressing how he or she is inspired by a local black leader. The students entered in three different categories: Literature, Performance, and Visual Arts. 

In partnership with the Plant City Black Heritage organization, the winners of this prestigious contest will be honored at the 14th Annual Black Heritage Banquet on Friday, February 10, at 6 p.m. The reception will be held at Hillsborough Community College-Trinkle Center, 1206 N. Park Rd. Plant City.  

Media interested in talking to any of the winners, to find out why they chose the individual who inspires them, should contact the Communications Office at (813) 272-4060.


 Division  School  Winner
 Intermediate  Hammond  Kaleb Smith
 Middle  Tinker  Emily Vershay
 High  Sickles  Kitan Adeniji



 Division  School  Winner
 Intermediate  Cahoon   Alexander Wynn III
 Middle  Orange Grove   James La Fayette Jr
 High  Durant  Alexis Esparza

Visual Arts

 Division  School  Winner
 Intermediate  Kingswood  Izzy Carpenter
 Middle  Wilson  Kevin Huang
 High  Middleton  Del Valle


In addition, the School Board will recognize the LEAD contest winners on Tuesday, February 21, at the 3 p.m. school board meeting.


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