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STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER
WYMAN PRESENTS AWARDS TO STUDENT WINNERS OF
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ESSAY CONTEST
Contact: Steve Jensen
860-702-3308

Five high school juniors from Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport were presented awards by State Comptroller Nancy Wyman for their entries in an essay contest celebrating Black History Month.

The contest, created and administered by the Comptroller's office, was open to high school juniors in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. The winners received U.S. Savings Bonds in a ceremony held February 14 at the State Capitol that was attended by the students, family and friends.

"This contest was not only a great way for these students to explore the heritage of African-Americans, but was an incredible learning experience for myself and my staff," Wyman said. "Everyone involved in this project was rewarded with new insight into a very important part of our nation's history."

The winners were:

1. Byron C. Warner New Haven
Hill Regional Career Magnet High School
Subject: Elijah McCoy
2. Eleanor Congor-Milnes New Haven
Wilbur Cross High School
Subject: Robert Johnson
3. Camille Thomas Hartford
Weaver High School
Subject: Richard Allen
4. Amanda Tracy Bridgeport
Harding High School
Subject: Maya Angelou
5. Nia DeYounge New Haven
Wilbur Cross High School
Subject: "Rivers"
Name of the tile floor at the Schomburg Library in Harlem

Contest Judges:

Corporate Sponsors:

*Photographs of the awards ceremony are available upon request

Essay Winner Facts:

1.Elijah McCoy:

2. Robert Johnson:

3. Richard Allen:

4. Maya Angelou:

5. "Rivers" terrazzo floor/cosmograph created in 1991 for the Schomburg Library & Research Center in Harlem:

The State Comptroller appreciates input on this and other issues from residents of the state. Please feel free to contact her office by phone - (860) 702-3300; mail - OSC, 55 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106; or, via E-mail - osc.opinions@po.state.ct.us

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For Immediate Release
February 20, 2001

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