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Star 105.3 Celebrates Black History Essay Contest Winners

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STAR-Essay-Winners VALDOSTA, GA –   During the month of February Star 105.3, with the help of the National Council of Negro Women and several local sponsors,  hosted their 8th annual Black History Essay Contest, with the winners being awarded over $1000 in scholarship funds to help  further their education.

After careful review we were proud to announce  Ms. Kenyanna Taylor and Ms. Markesia Barron were  chosen  as the winners and asked to come enjoy a small informal reception this past Friday March 21,2014. They were  both awarded $1,095. in scholarship funds to further their education at the university of their choice.

Kenyanna Taylor (2nd from left) is an eighteen year old Valdosta native who attends Valdosta High School. With a GPA of 4.0, she has been accepted  to several ivy-league colleges. Taylor’s top choice for college is Oxford Emory. Motivated for success by the enlarged heart of her grandmother, Taylor is an aspiring Cardio Thoracic Surgeon.  She states that she entered the contest because she liked the topic “Has Civil Rights Law Impacted Me”. This scholarship was a way to voice her opinion about the importance of Black History Month, how far African Americans have come and also the importance of the ideologies of African Americans that helped shape America today.

Markesia Barron (3rd from left)  is an 18 year old Adel native and Cook County High School student. With a 3.6 GPA she plans to attend Georgia State University to study Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Spanish. Her ultimate goal is to become a principal. With her minor in Spanish, she plans to bridge the language barrier experienced between Spanish speaking children and their teachers. Her inspiration came from a close friend who had a hard time learning because he was not bilingual. Barron entered the contest because the topic “Segregation Here and Now”  interested her. Her first  response was to answer that segregation does exist, and it intrigued her to dig a little deeper. As she started writing, her opinion changed.

Both young ladies were truly inspiring and completely blew my mind with all of their club affiliations and accomplishments  we at Star 105.3, ValdostaToday, and Black Crow Media  all congratulate you and wish you success in all your endeavors.


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