Three sixth graders utilized their research and writing skills to participate in the Optimum Community Black History Month Essay Contest. Francesca Hancock, Odin Hernandez, and Ashlee Joly from Jennifer Weprin's Social Studies class all received recognition awards for their essays on Martin Luther King, Jr., Zendaya and Harriet Tubman.

The contest invites middle school students to submit essays in honor of Black History Month. The Locust Valley students each chose an African-American they admired to research. They were also able to connect these three famous African-American historical figures to their study of Black History Month in their own social studies class.

“Participation in this essay contest provided excellent skills practice for the students in research and writing,” said Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé.