In honor of Black History Month, the The James E. Shepard Alumni Association sponsored an essay contest to help increase awareness for the students of Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School so that they could better understand the history of the African-American culture.
“Striving Toward Excellence – Then and Now” was the topic for the essay. Students were required to use their selection of African-Americans or events from the past or present in their essay. Extra credit was given to students who included African-Americans and events from North Carolina.
Certificates and trophies were given to each participant. In each grade level the first-place winners also received $50 and the second-place winners received $25. The James E. Shepard Alumni Association Committee judged the essays and determined the winners. First place winners for the sixth, seventh and eighth grades were Shelby McDuffie, Mia Foster and Larden Garland. Second place winners for the seventh and eighth grades were Mitchell Wilson nad Kiya Simpson. Other essay participants were Sandra Achonu, Jayla Johnson, Keona McGee and Essence Walker.