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Wyman Announces Winners of Annual Black History Essay Contest
||Contact: Steve Jensen
State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today announced the results of her annual Black
History Essay Contest. This annual event is open to high school juniors and
seeks to explore facts about black history that are not well known. It is
sponsored by the Office of the State Comptroller and with the support of Fleet
Bank and People's Bank.
"It gives me great pleasure to recognize these talented young
people," Wyman said. "I am reminded of the words of James Baldwin:
"You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of
the world, but then you read."
- First place recognition is given to Stephanie Lawrence of Hartford.
Ms. Lawrence's essay about Cathay Williams a female buffalo soldier who
disguised herself as a man to join the 38th U.S. Infantry during the Civil
War. Ms. Lawrence is awarded a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.
- Second place is awarded to Jodi Alberti of New London. Jodi's essay
focused on the invention of modern ice cream by Sambo Jackson. Jodi is
awarded a $200 U.S. Savings Bond.
- Third place goes to Jennifer Mejia of Stamford. Ms. Mejia wrote
about Dr. Aubre Maynard, the first black chief surgeon who also operated on
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King after Dr. King was stabbed in 1958. She is
awarded a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.
- Fourth place is awarded to Ashley Coleman of Hartford. Ms. Coleman
focused on the life of Edith Spurlock Sampson - a Chicago lawyer and judge
of the 1930s and 40s. She is awarded a $75 U.S. Savings Bond.
- Fifth place recognition goes to Shaun Christopher Levy of Hartford.
Mr. Levy shared his insights into the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and racism in
medicine. He is awarded a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.
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For Immediate Release
March 5, 2003
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