Eastern Tech award winners attend Black History Month celebration

Maverick juniors recognized for reflections on life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks
Posted on 03/07/2018
E. Oneydum recognized for her work

On Sunday, February 25,  five Eastern Tech student winners of the fifth annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Contest—Chika Chima, Isabella Holcombe, Kiet Nguyen, Ezinne Onyedum and  Zachary Wells—were recognized at a Black History Month Celebration at the Greater St. John Baptist Church in Turner Station, Maryland. Parents, students, teachers, friends, and family came out for the event as well as state and local politicians, Delegate Richard Metzgar and Senator Johnny Ray Salling.

Students were presented with certificates of appreciation for their exemplary and exceptional work and received an Executive Citation in recognition of their incredible efforts displayed through their writing and videos submitted via English classes. Eastern Tech English teachers, Erin Hitchcock and Deirdre Clawson, also received a well-deserved Executive Citation from Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive, in recognition and appreciation of “outstanding instruction and motivation to honor the history and legacy of Henrietta through the work done with their students.” In reflecting on the ceremony and student awards Hitchcock added, “The journey that my students and I have been on through all of our work with Henrietta's story has been one that we will never forget, and it was wrapped up beautifully with this event.  I loved being a part of the close-knit community of Turner Station for this celebration and I was surrounded by some truly amazing people.”

This was the 21st annual Black History Celebration hosted by the Turner Station Heritage Foundation Committee.  The event recognized past and present leaders who serve the community. Along with recognition of the essay contest winners, the first ever women’s female softball teams from Turner Station were honored and the Turner Station Historical Committee set up a display of “A Pictorial History of Turner Station”.