HLLG opens con­test to spe­cial needs stu­dents

The Dundalk Eagle - - OBITUARIES -

On Fri­day, Nov. 16, mem­bers of the Hen­ri­etta Lacks Legacy Group (HLLG) vis­ited the Sep­a­rate Pub­lic Day School, Clare­mont High School, to dis­cuss Hen­ri­etta Lacks and her con­tri­bu­tions to medicine. The group also col­lected es­say con­test sub­mis­sions from stu­dents. This marked the first time in six years that the An­nual Es­say and Video Com­pe­ti­tion ac­cepted sub­mis­sions from spe­cial needs stu­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to HLLG pres­i­dent Court­ney Speed, Daniel Ap­p­ley, Grade 12 Lan­guage Arts teacher at Clare­mont, reached out to HLLG after read­ing an ar­ti­cle about the es­say and video com­pe­ti­tion in the Dun­dalk Ea­gle.

“He wanted to know if a cat­e­gory could be cre­ated for spe­cial needs stu­dents be­cause he teaches his stu­dents the Re­becca Sk­loot book,” she added.

After some con­sul­ta­tion with judges and Mr. Ap­p­ley, the com­pe­ti­tion is now open to

spe­cial needs stu­dents in high and mid­dle schools.

Sub­mis­sions may in­clude text and graph­ics/art­work and ad­dress one of the two top­ics: the con­tri­bu­tions of Mrs. Lacks to mod­ern medicine and why it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber her to­day or write a let­ter to Mrs. Lacks and share how you feel about the con­tri­bu­tion her cells have made to so­ci­ety.

Dur­ing a dis­cus­sion with HLLG, stu­dents re­ported over­whelm­ingly that the best thing they liked about Mrs. Lacks story are the mir­a­cle of her cells and her fam­ily.

Se­nior Juanye Jones re­ported that he, “Liked that her cells were used to make lo­tion.”

Jerri Lacks Whye, grand­daugh­ter of Hen­ri­etta Lacks, will present the awards in the spe­cial needs cat­e­gory dur­ing the Black His­tory Month Event sched­uled for Feb. 24, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Mount Olive Bap­tist Church, 651 Mount Olive Road. Ac­cord­ing to Whye, “It is a plea­sure to present the awards in honor of my aunt Elsie, my grand­mother’s old­est daugh­ter.”

All mid­dle, high and home school stu­dents are in­vited to sub­mit work by Mon­day,

Dec. 31, 2018 at mid­night to hlack­sle­[email protected]

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Daniel Ap­p­ley, Grade 12 Lan­guage Arts teacher at Clare­mont, reached out to HLLG after read­ing an ar­ti­cle about the es­say and video com­pe­ti­tion in the

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