9 Duval students win mayor's essay contest

Published On: Dec 07 2012 04:28:55 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 05:19:40 PM EST

Nine Duval County students were named winners Friday of the inaugural Mayor Brown Essay Contest.

The essay contest theme -- “With A College Degree I can…” -- prompted 827 entries from elementary, middle and high school students throughout Duval County.

First place winners received iPads; second place winners received Nexus Tablets and third place winners received a $200 Visa gift card. 

READ:  Contest-winning essays

"It was really moving," Brown said. "One person talked about being a doctor because her grandfather had stage-four cancer and she wanted to be able to figure out how to cure cancer.  You had one kid who lived in a poor neighborhood. How could someone in a 'low-grade neighborhood' go to college?"

Prizes were purchased through the Mayor’s Education Trust Fund. The 2012 award recipients are:



Brittany Sanders, 1st Place, James Weldon Johnson, 8th grade, teacher: Ms. Williams

Sharif D. Hall, 2nd Place, Highlands Middle, 8th grade, teacher: Ms. A. Williams

Bailey Williams, 3rd Place, Alfred I. DuPont  Middle, 7th grade, teacher: Mr. Couch


Senior High