Essay Winner-The Orlando Times
Local High School Senior Qualifies For International Essay Competition
BY SHELTON STARK
LEFT PHOTO: : (L to R): Manuel Jones (Essay Contest Co-Chair), Laurel Rogers (Essay Contest Winner), Kim Rogers (Parent), and Jarrod Pouncey (Vice Basileus Chi Tau Chapter)
RIGHT PHOTO: (L to R): Manuel Jones (Essay Contest Co-Chair), Laurel Rogers (Essay Winner), Kim Rogers (Parent), and Otis Jordan (Essay Contest Co-Chair)
ORLANDO - “The responsibility of a young citizen.” Those are the words of Laurel Rogers, future Kinesiologist/Physical Therapist, and current Apoka High student when asked to describe the topic she was tasked with that declared her the 2020 Winner of the International High School Essay Contest sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Chi Tau Chapter (of Greater Orlando). The High School Senior’s entry garnered her first place at the local and State of Florida levels, and fraternity’s Seventh District competition, which included Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. Coincidently, marking the second time Chi Tau Chapter has sponsored a trifecta winner. In so doing, Laurel will vie for first place and the chance to win a $5000 scholarship at the International Competition. Winning the top prize will serve her well as she seeks entry into one of the country’s foremost HBCUs, North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC.
The International High School Essay contest is a national mandate of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and is open to all college-bound, high school seniors who submit an essay application through a local Chapter of the Fraternity. This year’s topic was entitled; “Learning about politics and life as a citizen is part of the transition to adulthood. During this stage, young people are introduced to political processes and issues, as well as a range of political activities including voting and participation in social movements. “Against the backdrop of the global “Black Lives Matter” movement, why is it even more important for young people to become and remain politically engaged?”
Asked if she was intimidated about the complexity of the topic, Laurel was undaunted and remarked “I felt comfortable writing on the subject.” Of course, this came amid a climate of political and social unrest in the country, and on the heels of the worst pandemic known to mankind, so having seen it, and lived through it, there was no surprise she could articulate her experiences firsthand. The budding writer also offered tips on essay composition.” Get the ideas for the opening sentence, and carefully construct the body with valid points and elaborate on them. The final paragraph has to summarize the entirety of the topic with emphasis, and the last sentence has to be interesting and tie it all together.” This winning formula has served her well thus far, and no matter what happens from here on out, Laurel Rogers is indeed a winner.