VECA student awarded Black History scholarship

| March 31, 2016

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VALDOSTA – Star 105.3 congratulates high school student Gabrielle Sams March 25 as their 10th annual Black History Essay Contest winner. With the help of the National Council of Negro Women, Valdosta State University’s NAACP and several local sponsors,  Star 105.3 awards winners over $1,000 in scholarship funds to help further their education at any university of his or her choice.

Each year in February Star 105.3 honor Black History Month with a Scholarship Essay Contest, which is open to all high school seniors. This year students were asked to consider what they know about black history, how it affected them and how would they like to see black history shaped over the next 50 years.

Star 105.3 proudly congratulates Gabrielle Sams in scholarship funds of $1,5000. She is a Valdosta native who attends Valdosta Early College Academy currently serving as the valedictorian. In the near future, she plans to attend the University of West Georgia to study Forensic Psychology. She’s inspired to work with DNA and crime scenes along with pursuing a counselor career.

Sams states she entered the contest because she wants to start an African American youth group to bring awareness about the past to influence the future.

“I always wanted to start a youth group so I thought I’ll talk about how I wanted to help African Americans in the future,”says Gabrielle. “I want to teach them about our history so they could influence the future themselves. They need to know what we’ve been trough so they won’t go back through those obstacles and they could become better”.

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