Essay winners honored
4/17/12 8:50 AM
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon would like to congratulate Amanda Samuel (middle school) and Robyn Thornburg (high school) as the winners of The Hall’s Black History Month essay contest.
More than 100 essays were submitted for consideration and 22 were selected as finalists and invited to The Hall on April 2 when the two winners were announced.
The two winning students were awarded two tickets to the Patriots 2012 regular season home opener.
Students were asked to identify and African American individual with strong character traits that made an impact in America and then relate that person’s traits to an individual in the student’s own community. Essays were limited to 750 words.
Samuel, an eighth grader from Connecticut, wrote about Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a surgeon that performed the first successful open-heart surgery, and compared him to her French teacher, Dawn Manogue.
Her teacher works to create awareness of congenital heart defects, is a patient advocate and a spokeswoman for WomenHeart.
Thornburg is a 10th
grader from Massachusetts who wrote about Sarah Breedlove who developed a product called “Wonderful Hair Grower” to help her alleviate a scalp ailment. Consequently, she became the first African American woman to self earn $1 million.
While wring about Breedlove’s perseverance, she compared her traits to that of her own sister, whos he characterized as a goal setter who commits great effort to everything she does.