Oliver Hill Essay Contest winners
Posted on 03/06/2019
Patrick Henry High School student holding her new chrome book.There were plenty of smiles and hugs, as well as a few tears, when students learned they won the Oliver Hill Essay Contest for Black History Month.

Oliver Hill was a famous Civil Rights Attorney who grew up in Roanoke.  The City of Roanoke recently erected an historic marker at his childhood home on Gilmer Avenue.  His work against discrimination was instrumental in eliminating "separate but equal" in education.

So it was only fitting after Cox Communications donated 52 chrome books, the District held a contest to honor the Civil Rights pioneer.  Students could submit an essay or artwork.  The school system received nearly 2,000 entries.  After a lengthy process, the judges picked at least two winners from each school.

"I was overwhelmed with the level of participation and heartfelt entries from our students.  So many of them shared appreciation for the work of Oliver Hill and a desire to make a difference in our world as he did.  I am extremely grateful for the partnership and support from Cox Communications in providing the impetus for such a contest where students could reflect on their own communities, learning a substantial leader and role model who lived right in Roanoke," said Shelly Atkins, supervisor of Middle School Language Arts.

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