FLORIDA COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF
WOMEN’S HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST
Tallahassee, FL (February 7, 2018) — The Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW) honored the winners of its 3rd annual Women’s History Essay Contest today during a celebration luncheon at the 22nd floor of the Florida Capitol as part of the Annual Women’s Legislative Education Summit. The middle-school participants in this year’s contest were challenged to write about the issues they would champion as a newly elected public official, using female Florida legislators as inspiration.
“We chose the theme to raise awareness of the contributions of the many women legislators who have represented Florida both past and present, many of whom are in the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame,” says FCSW Commission Chair Lady Dhyana Ziegler DCJ, Ph.D.
“The Women’s History Essay Contest is an excellent tool which allows our children to learn about the women who shaped Florida. It also lends the learning experience of seeing themselves as leaders seeking a way to improve the lives of women today,” says Elena Spottswood, Chair of the Essay Contest Task Force. “The students who participated in the contest did a great job of expressing the contest theme, and I congratulate them all. I also want to thank all the parents and teachers who helped the students create their entries.”
First place winners in each grade were awarded $100 each; 2nd place $75. Each was presented a special recognition letter from Governor Rick Scott. Students read their essays, and their teachers were also recognized for their dedication to learning. One of the highlights of the event was a video congratulatory message from Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is also a member of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and the inspiration for several of the essays.
Essay contest winners and schools in each grade, with their teachers’ names in parentheses, were:
The 6th grade winners are:
The 7th grade winners are:
The 8th grade winners are: