Mulan Staton, a junior at Joppatowne High School, is one of 20 Baltimore-area students who will appear on WBFF-TV FOX 45, WNUV-TV The CW Baltimore and WUTB-TV MyTV Baltimore saluting their personal heroes during Black History Month this February. The students are the finalists in the 28th annual “Champions of Courage” Black History Month Essay Competition presented by M&T Bank.
More than 3,000 entries were received from middle and high schools—public, private and parochial—throughout the Baltimore metro area. The competition challenged students, grades 6 through 12, to write a brief essay saluting their personal “Champion of Courage”….a positive role model who has touched their lives by sharing the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 20 finalists will share their salute to their “Champions of Courage” with FOX 45, The CW Baltimore, and MyTV Baltimore viewers during January and February. Each will be honored and presented with a $100 prize at an Awards Breakfast at the Historic Grand on January 31. Brigadier General Linda Singh of the Maryland National Guard will present the keynote address. At the awards breakfast, the top three essayists will be announced and will win more than $3,000 in scholarships and cash prizes for their schools.
“Champions of Courage” is designed to commemorate Black History Month by celebrating positive role models for youth. The essay competition provides opportunity for students to participate in a scholastic competition, to gain confidence in their abilities, and to be recognized for their achievement. “Champions of Courage” also serves to share with one and all the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Congratulations to Mulan on this special honor!