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Douglass senior wins ‘racial equality’ essay contest

Nearly four dozen students at Frederick Douglass High School participated in the 2021 Partners for Youth & Euphrates International Investment Co. essay contest, writing about how to improve racial equality in the workplace. Douglass teachers also designed curriculum this semester to help seniors apply this topic to career pathways they are exploring.

Mayor Linda Gorton recognized the contest winners Dec. 4 at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government council meeting:

  • First place essay -- Samuel Cornett, receiving a $250 prize for his essay on the need for more economic opportunities for people of color;
  • Second place -- Robert Vaughan, $150 prize, writing on the need for more diversity among teachers in Fayette County; and
  • Third place -- Veronica Hutt, $100 prize, on the inequities in health care for women of color.

Video of the awards presentation (start at the 13:00 mark)

Each year, Partners for Youth selects a different high school for this competition. For questions, please call Briana Persley, executive director, at (859) 280-8003.

(Posted Dec. 6, 2021)