2009 Essay Competition

HALO’s 2009 Annual Essay Competition was extremely successful this year. The number of submissions quadrupled from that of last year. There were submissions from both Dade and Broward County students. Twenty-Three (23) percent of the submissions were from male students. Students’ GPA averaged 4.0. The third prize was a tie between one student from Dade and another one from Broward County.

Our essay topic revolved around Jean-Baptiste Point Du Sable, a Haitian immigrant to the United States, and a pioneer. He was officially recognized by the US government in 1968 at the founder of Chicago. The students had to compare his contributions to the US to that of a contemporary Haitian immigrant and relate his/her impact in the United States. By the admission of many writing this essay was an eye opening experience. The essays were reviewed by a panel of four (4) judges ranging from educators including a university professor, an author, and a publisher. The winners had a chance to read their essays in front of an audience of their peers and teachers during the Student Forum portion of HALO’s Annual "Nurturing Our Youth for the Future" Convention.

First Prize Winner of a fully equipped laptop
Joery Francois
Senior at North Miami Senior High || GPA 4.8

Second Prize Winner of $500.00 check from HALO
Rose-Laure Jean-Joseph
Sophomore at Miami Edison Senior High || GPA 4.2

Third Prize Winners of a $250.00 gift certificate from Amazon.com
Steve Charles
Sophomore at Coconut Creek High || GPA 4.4

Martine Souverain
Sophomore at North Miami Senior High || GPA 3.9

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