TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Last night, at a Black History Month celebration in downtown Toronto, three Toronto area high school students were awarded scholarships for their essays on people who have helped shape and define Canada's diverse heritage:
- First place: Katura Gibb, age 16, St. Marguerite D'Youville. Katura's essay uses compelling examples, such as Thornton Blackburn and Michaëlle Jean, to show the impact black people have had both at home and abroad.
- Second place: David Grant, age 17, Agincourt Collegiate Institute. David's essay tells the story of Eva Smith and how her compassion and dedication continues to impact so many young, marginalized Canadians even after her death.
- Third place: Shardae Keane, age 17, from Harbord Collegiate Institute. Shardae's essay "Reach for the Top" is all about the hope the Honorable Jean Augustine has given to so many women, including Shardae herself.
The evening also included an insightful discussion between Marci Ien of Canada AM and the Honorable Justice Irving André, as well as a performance by 19-year old Jazz piano prodigy Quincy Bullen.
"Tonight was all about celebrating our history," said Mark Beckles, RBC Regional Vice President for Scarborough, Pickering and Ajax. "But tonight's three essay winners and our musical performers are proof positive that we also have an exciting future ahead of us."
The RBC Black History Student Essay Competition was open to Canadian students applying to a Canadian College or University in the 2012/2013 academic year. Students were asked to submit an essay of up to 500 words on how one or more black Canadians have helped define Canada's diverse heritage and identity through their specific achievements and contributions.
Read the 22 best essays online
Starting tonight, and for the rest of February, a different essay from the competition will be published each day at www.swaymag.ca/rbcessays.
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