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Woodcreek Middle School Student Wins National Essay Contest

Woodcreek Middle School 8th grader Evan McHenry recently won first place in a national essay contest sponsored by Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The topic of his essay was the 50th anniversary of the Selma march led by Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr., which was celebrated in March of this year.

The essay contest was held in conjunction with the On the Hill Legislative Summit which convened in Washington, D.C. in September. The biennial summit brought together 600 high school and middle school student from across the nation to learn more about legislative advocacy and the inner workings of the Federal government.

Evan’s essay was judged by an independent panel comprised of faculty of the Howard University Communications Department and received a perfect score of 50/50. It was cited for creativity and originality. This is the first year the essay competition was held for students ages 11-18 across the country. Students could choose from essay topics that ranged from the 50th Anniversary of the Selma March to the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Evan’s essay focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma March and included research on key events and historical facts regarding the civil rights movement and the subsequent passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As the first place winner, Evan received a private tour of the White House which included a tour of the East and West Wings, the Oval Office and a photo opportunity in the White House Press Room. After the tour, Evan commented that it was an amazing experience.

Jack and Jill of America is an organization of mothers with children dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. The Jack and Jill of America Foundation has been an avid contributor to the Humble ISD Foundation and Camp Nobis Est. For further information on Jack and Jill of America, visit