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The 2017 Ford Freedom Award Essay Contest for Grades 4-8
Brought to you by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services in cooperation with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Detroit Newspapers in Education (DNIE) is partnering with the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, and the Charles Wright Museum of African American History to bring another quality educational program to Michigan Schools. This year’s theme is “Talents That Unite: How African Americans bring diverse communities together across America.” The program will include a 16-page student supplement available for delivery to schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, and a 12-page online teacher guide. Students will explore the ways African-Americans have brought diverse communities together through their passions and talents.

In addition, students in grades 4-8 are invited to submit essays on the following topic:

  • Passion - n. - a strong feeling of excitement or enthusiasm for doing something
    When people have a passion for something, they can change the world. But our world is a challenging place, with people from diverse backgrounds who have different experiences and world views. Your passion might be expressed through a talent or skill you possess, an activity you enjoy, a cause you support or a creative idea you have that would make a positive difference. In your school or community, how could you use your passion to help bring people from diverse backgrounds together?

Identify an African American who shares the same passion with you. Write about how and in what way you would use that passion to help build understanding and respect between people who are different. Perhaps you have an idea for an event, publication or performance that would bring together people from different races, religions, or nationalities. How would this make your community better? What do you hope to accomplish?

Contest Rules

It is strongly preferred that essays be typed. Essays must be typed in Times New Roman or Arial font, 12-point type, double-spaced with 1” margins and limited to two pages. No exceptions. Handwritten essays must be legibly printed, double-spaced and limited to three pages. An official entry form must be stapled to the FRONT of each essay. NO reference can be made in the essay that identifies the student, parents, school, or community. The student’s name may ONLY appear on the entry form. Any quotation or copyrighted material must be properly identified. Failure to identify copyrighted material will result in disqualification.

Download the entry form here.

All essays must be postmarked or received no later than Friday, April 28. Mail or deliver entries to:

Charles H. Wright Museum Education Department
ATTN: Ford Freedom Award Essay Contest
315 E. Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Prizes

The following scholarships will be awarded for the pursuit of higher education:

  • 1st Prize–$5,000 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for ONE winner
  • 2nd Prize–$2,500 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for ONE winner
  • 3rd Prize–$1,000 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for ONE winner
  • Honorable Mentions–$250 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medals/certificates of merit for TWO winners

Finalists’ teachers will be notified by phone by Monday, May 15.

Finalists must attend the Ford Freedom Award Scholar’s Lecture and awards presentation event on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Theatre in Detroit.

Questions? Email dscola@michigan.com or srsmartin52@gmail.com.


Yak's Corner Favorite Book Character Contest
Sponsored by Michigan K.I.D.S., Inc.

Thank you teachers and students for taking the time to enter the Yak’s Favorite Book Character Contest. We received wonderful entries from all of our young readers. Thank you for reading, writing and yakking with us!

The 2017 winners are:

FIRST PLACE
First grade: Geethakshita Orampadu, Susick Elementary School, Warren Consolidated Schools
Second grade: Yesinia Lewis, Emerson Elementary School, Fraser
Third grade: Josephine Peterman, Sheridan Elementary School, Petoskey
Fourth grade: Natalie Tallu, Susick Elementary School, Warren Consolidated Schools
Fifth grade: Jimmy Marshall, Sheridan Elementary School, Petoskey
Sixth grade: Landa Terolli, Larson Middle School, Troy

SECOND PLACE
First grade: Akshita Akthi Narayanan, Susick Elementary School, Warren Consolidated Schools
Second grade: Aylin Odessho, Emerson Elementary School, Fraser
Third grade: Braeden Flynn, Sheridan Elementary School, Petoskey
Fourth grade: Jackson Chapin, City School, Grand Blanc
Fifth grade: Lauren Cole, Sheridan Elementary School, Petoskey
Sixth grade: Farrah Alaowad, Larson Middle School, Troy

THIRD PLACE
First grade: Makena Huismann, West Side Christian School, Grand Rapids
Second grade: Claire Diggan, Emerson Elementary School, Fraser
Third grade: Miles Keys, Sheridan Elementary School, Petoskey
Fourth grade: Erica Velzen, West Side Christian, Grand Rapids
Fifth grade: James Alpi, City School, Grand Blanc
Sixth grade: Tyler Diehl, Clifford Smart School, Commerce Township

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Leah Chambers, Salk Elementary, Fraser
Emma Tank, Sheridan Elementary School, Petoskey
Roarke McKeown, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
Skye Wilson, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
Glenn Steien, Island City Academy, Eaton Rapids
Molly Versluis, West Side Christian, Grand Rapids
Luke Ingalls, Sheridan Elementary, Petoskey
Greta Putnam, Sheridan/Central Elementary, Petoskey
Madelyn Gullion, City School, Grand Blanc
Namaa Mokhtar, Beverly Hills Academy, Beverly Hills
Amina Safiedine, Beverly Hills Academy, Beverly Hills
Vanessa Ellis, Mark Twain Elementary, Roseville
Lake Liao, Larson Middle School, Troy