Eastern Tech submissions dominate essay and video competition

Maverick juniors reflect on the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks
Posted on 01/22/2018
Winners of the 2018 Henrietta Lacks Competition

On Tuesday, January 16, five Eastern Tech juniors were recognized for their outstanding submissions to the 5th annual essay and video competition honoring Baltimore native Henrietta Lacks. 

Students had to write an essay or submit a video which argued a singular contribution that Henrietta Lacks made to modern medicine, and why it is important to remember her legacy today.  
Eastern Tech students awarded for their submissions are: Chika Chima (1st Place Essay), Isabella Holcombe (1st Place Video), Kiet Nguyen (2nd Place Essay), Enzinne Onyedum (3rd Place Essay), and  Zach Wells (Honorable Mention Essay).

Erin Hitchcock and Deirdre Clawson, English teachers of the award-winning students, beamed with pride as each reflected on the honors earned. “These kids are so impressive. Our school-wide literacy goal is not only reflective in standardized tests scores but more importantly through meaningful application of what our kids are learning in the classroom”, Hitchcock offered. Clawson added, “The fact that these students took time out of their busy schedules to make submissions is enough to be proud of. But to have this many students recognized as finalists is a testament to their hard work as individuals, but also to the shared vision of excellence in our building.” As this was a national competition, the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group received 
over 200 submissions that were of outstanding quality.”   The judges found the winning submissions to be “strong in content and resounding in personal voice”, as determined by ideas and point of view.

All first place submissions will be posted on the Henrietta Lacks Legacy group website (
 ), and winners will also be recognized at the group’s Black History Month Event scheduled for February 25, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at Greater St. John Baptist Church, 209 Walnut Avenue, Turner Station, MD 21222.  Parents, teachers, and loved ones of students are encouraged to attend.