Haitian Heritage Month Essay Contest Winners

Haitian Heritage Month Essay Contest Winners Announced
Posted on 05/12/2022
Three winners

The School District of Palm Beach County announces the winners of the 2022 Haitian Heritage Month Essay Contest.

Three winners were chosen based on their responses to the contest’s writing prompt theme, “From a historical perspective, explain the setbacks that have hindered Haiti’s development, and suggest ways to overcome them.”

Congratulations to this year’s contest winners:

• Derline Desjardins, 12th grade – Spanish River Community High School, first place.
• Hervenz-Alexandro Milien, 11th grade – Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, second place.
• Al Handy-Migais Henris, 12th grade – John I. Leonard High School, third place.

Additionally, three students received prizes as runner-ups:

• Renaud R. Felix Jr., 10th grade – Suncoast High School, fourth place.
• Kelly Media Solares, 10th grade – Village Academy, fifth place.
• Meghan Wilkinson, 9th grade – Atlantic Community High School, sixth place.

The first place winner receives an award certificate, and $250. The second place winner gets an award certificate, and $150. The third place winner receives an award certificate, and $100. Fourth, fifth, and sixth place winners will each receive a $50 gift card.

The essay contest first began in 2004 as part of the District’s celebration of May as Haitian Heritage Month. The goal of the contest is to encourage students to apply their critical thinking and writing skills in exploring important issues.

The contest also aims to increase the self-esteem of Haitian students by promoting their history and culture, encouraging them to conduct historical research about Haiti and its people, and their contributions to the history of the world.

Click here to read the first-place winning essay by Derline Desjardins.

The Haitian Heritage Month activities and essay contest is sponsored by Gaskov Clergé Foundation, Educa Vision Inc., and Triple VMC Global Services.