Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Announce 2017 Black History Month Student and Teacher Contest Winners.  Click to read article.

On Wednesday, Clearwater Central Catholic High School sophomore Nathalie Sieh was recognized by Florida Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott when they announced the 2017 Black History Month student contest winners and Excellence in Education award recipients. This year’s theme was “A Recognition of the Role of African-Americans in Shaping Florida Today,” and the winners were honored during the annual Black History Month reception at the Florida Governor’s Mansion.

Governor Scott said, “Ann and I look forward to celebrating Black History Month every year and recognizing the countless individuals who have made a tremendous impact on our great state. I am honored to recognize this year’s student winners on their accomplishments and thank the educators for their commitment to Florida’s students.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “Black History Month is a time to celebrate the unique and diverse culture that we value so much in Florida. I was very impressed with this year’s contest entries. When I visit schools across our beautiful state, I am excited to see the students’ enthusiasm about learning and encourage them to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans who have made an impact on their lives.”

The following student essay contest winners – one elementary, one middle, and one high school student – earned a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Student essay contest winners are:

  • Isabel Alvarez, Aventura City of Excellence Public Charter School, Aventura, Miami-Dade County (4th-5th grade)
  • Destiny Stewart, Deer Lake Middle School, Tallahassee, Leon County (6th-8th grade)
  • Nathalie Sieh, Clearwater Central Catholic School, Clearwater, Pinellas County (9th-12th grade)

Click to read Nathalie’s winning essay.