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|Wyman Announces Student
Winners of Annual Black History Essay Contest
State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today announced the results of her annual Black
History Essay Contest.
This 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 with the support of Fleet Bank and People's Bank.
"I am delighted to honor these talented students whose research is not
only educational, but is a tribute to a very important part of American
heritage," Wyman said.
- First place recognition is given to Raymond Taylor of James Hillhouse
High School in New Haven. Raymond's essay focused on Philip Emeagwali,
an internationally recognized engineer whose pioneering work with
supercomputers in the 1970s has earned him a reputation as the "Father
of the Internet." Raymond is awarded a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.
- Second place is awarded to Charna Edwards of Wilbur Cross High School
in New Haven. Charna wrote about Norma Merrick Sklarek, considered to be
the first female African American architect. Charna will receive a $200 U.S.
- Third place goes to Glenn Brice of the Academy of Information
Technology in Stamford, who wrote about Daniel Hale Williams, a
turn-of-the-century doctor and hospital administrator who performed the
first successful open-heart surgery in 1893. Glenn is awarded a $100 U.S.
- Fourth place is awarded to Thomas Cookson, also of the Academy of
Information Technology in Stamford. His essay on scientist Ralph Gardner
- a prolific inventor who played a role in development of the first atomic
bomb - was based on e-mail correspondence between Gardner and Cookson. He
will receive a $75 U.S. Savings Bond.
- Fifth place recognition goes to Alyssa McGhee, of Bulkeley High School
in Hartford. Her essay was about Garret Augustus Morgan, who obtained a
patent in 1914 for a breathing device that he would later refine into a
modern gas mask. Alyssa is awarded a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.
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For Immediate Release
March 10, 2004
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